There's usually no surprise to hear that any particular handset out there will have a sequel. Even feature phones get second generation handsets. For huge successes like the Droid X, which launched on Verizon's network not too long ago, a successor is a no-brainer. The original was a beast in of itself, featuring a 4.3-inch display and a 1GHz processor under the hood. But, now we're looking at the rumored specifications of the next version of the Droid X, and I'm left asking one question: why?
I'm asking why, because there doesn't seem to be a lot of improvements here. The phone even looks exactly like its predecessor. We've got the same display size, even if it will have a better and crisper resolution. An improvement in the RAM department, as we're upgraded to 1GB of RAM, and then there's the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor under the hood. There's no denying that these are significant upgrades in of themselves, but for a handset like the Droid X2, I was expecting more.
We've still got the 8MP camera on the back, and no mention of a front facing camera. There's no LTE connectivity. And, if the rumor is true, then the Android-powered smartphone will launch with Android 2.2 running the show, with word that the handset may get upgraded to Android 2.3 before launch.
For all intents and purposes, the Droid X2 seems like a minor update, rather than a major improvement. Is that the better route for manufacturers? Perhaps Motorola just wants to get the new handset out and into the hands of potential customers? So, does speed matter more than taking the time to create a truly upgraded device? Could you imagine owning a Droid X2 with a 4.5-inch display, with the same higher resolution? Or how about with LTE connectivity?
There is a new MOTOBLUR skin, but the fact that there's still a MOTOBLUR skin probably means that doesn't matter to most people. I'd much prefer a vanilla Android experience, especially when compared to the new MOTOBLUR. But, Motorola likes their proprietary skin, so this is what we've got.
Are minor improvements better than major upgrades? Are the additions to the Droid X2 enough to make you want one? Or are you going to hold out for something else? Maybe an LTE-enabled device? Let me know in the comments.