HTC's Droid Eris for Verizon

Looks like tomorrow’s launch of Big Red’s DROID initiative won't be tied to just one phone. Like the gossip mill predicted, HTC and Verizon are letting the DROID Eris loose the same day, giving customers a choice of Android handsets at two difference price points by two different makers: $199 for the Motorola DROID and $99 for HTC’s DROID Eris (after MIRs).

Here are a few details on the Eris:

  • 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen, plus trackball
  • Sense UI, with “scenes” feature for customized home screens
  • 5 MP auto focus camera
  • Expandable memory with pre-installed 8 GB microSD card (up to 16 GB supported)
  • Supports USB mass storage
  • Bluetooth and Wifi
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Integrated GPS and a digital compass
  • Smart dialer for simplified dialing by name, number or initials
  • Full HTML browser (with Flash Lite)

If you’re interested in the industry’s least expensive Android phone to date, remember that the $99 price tag requires a two-year contract and — if you’re picking this up from a Verizon store or online — it’s after a mail-in rebate, which comes in the form of a debit card (not check or cash). If you’re picking it up at Best Buy Mobile or another third-party retailer, you may be able to get the rebate on-the-spot.

Still not sure? You can check out Verizon’s marketing promo/demo of the device here, or just swing by a retail location and get handsy with the device, to see for yourself. It’s only one day away.


UPDATE: D'oh!! Aaron beat me to this news by 2 minutes! Sorry for the duplicated post, everyone. But hey — anything worth covering is worth covering right (or, I guess, multiple times). So we're obviously tuned in to this launch. Are you? Is anyone planning to grab this tomorrow? 

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