It is finally official people: Verizon has announced the Droid 2 will be landing Aug. 12, that's this Thursday, as rumored. It will go on pre-sale via Verizon Wireless's website starting tomorrow and that insane R2-D2 version will be available sometime in September. Pricing will run you $200 with new (or upgrade) 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate debit card; no word yet on off-contract prices. As a quick recap (for the 2 of you who haven't been following the numerous leaks) the phone will come with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), Flash 10.1, VZW's 3G mobile hotspot option (extra $$$ required) and 8GB of onboard storage paired with an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. Full press release after the break. [Verizon via BGR]

See What DROID™ Does Next: DROID 2 By Motorola Pre-Sale Starts August 11 At VerizonWireless.com
Built on Android 2.2 with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, DROID 2 Comes Equipped with More Power, More Speed and an Improved QWERTY Keyboard
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today announced that DROID™ 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Hitting all the right keys, DROID 2 is a feature-packed device that helps manage work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard, ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 for access to the full web – all built on Android 2.2.
“When we announced DROID X last month, we reaffirmed our commitment to continue to bring unique Android experiences to the Verizon Wireless network,” said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president – wireless device, marketing and development for Verizon Wireless. “The DROID by Motorola was our first Android device, so it is important for us to include the successor to that phone in our portfolio. DROID 2 is not only a continuation of our commitment to Android but offers customers the features and form-factor they crave on the Verizon Wireless network.”
“With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business. “We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience built on Android 2.2 that includes a new keyboard, increased processing power, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities to send, access and share information even quicker than before.”
DROID 2’s super-slim design helps customers e-mail, text and tweet with ease. DROID 2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard allow for quick messaging; or customers can also use Swype for even easier text input. In addition, full push corporate e-mail delivers enhanced features such as remote wipe and password enforcement so that information remains secure.
DROID 2 packs power and speed. Customers can enjoy the freedom of wireless with the 3G Mobile HotSpot and the ability to connect up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices, and watch content on the full multi-touch 3.7-inch brilliant display, or share content captured on the 5-megapixel camera with enhanced functionality and DVD-quality video capture with DLNA connectivity to share on compatible devices.
Customers can also download favorite apps from Android Market™, which has more than 70,000 applications, and store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD™ card, which can be upgraded to a 32 GB SD card for a total cargo capacity of 40 GB. Popular apps available on DROID 2 include NFL Mobile (downloadable), Skype mobile(™) and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video. Customers can even manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones with My Verizon and with Backup Assistant(SM).
“It’s great to see amazing new smartphones like the DROID 2 come pre-installed with Flash Player 10.1,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Creative and Interactive Solution Business Unit at Adobe. “With the completely redesigned and hardware accelerated Flash Player 10.1, DROID 2 users will be able to experience the full Web on the go.”
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 lets mobile users experience millions of websites the way they were meant to be seen – with rich Internet applications (RIAs), content inside the browser, including games, animations, data presentations and visualizations, e-commerce, music, video, audio and more.
R2-D2 DROID 2
In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga. Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale.
Pricing and Availability
DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID 2 smartphones for $20 per month. The 3G Mobile HotSpot allows customers to turn their phones into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID 2, without penalty.
For more information on DROID 2 by Motorola, go to www.droiddoes.com. For information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 
There are 24 comments

ceriem says:

So will i be getting Froyo on my X now? Please? lol

hotkoko says:

still waiting for froyo on my droid

moosc says:

I wonder how many will wait for R2-D2 Droid? I think AC should send some one to Orlando to report on the Droid2?

I really want to see what the R2D2 droid looks like. I think it'll be a big hit on Ebay, especially if the numbers are limited.

KQCrackberry says:

Seeing as its been less than 30 days since DX was released and VZW allows customers to swap out their newly purchased devices for new ones within 30 days of activation, does anyone think this device is worth swapping the DX for?

hotkoko says:

i didnt know VZW lets you do that

KQCrackberry says:

Yeah, for a $50 restocking fee you can swap out your phone no-questions-asked and get a totally different device. If the new device is more expensive u have to pay the difference, but if it's cheaper they wave the restocking fee.

hotkoko says:

sweet. maybe you can do that ever 29th day, keep on getting new phones,lol

KQCrackberry says:

Theoretically you could, and just keep doing that til the Droid Pro comes out hahaha

Jimmy_Choo says:

Verizon only lets you do it one time :-(

If you go to an agent location rather than corporate there is a decent chance that you won't have to pay a restocking fee, or a great chance that it would at least be less than at a corporate store.

Jimmy_Choo says:

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Place below in front of above...
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cea1203 says:

Why would anyone who has a Droid 1 want this thing ? I see nothing exciting about this phone at all , much rather have my X over that thing

KQCrackberry says:

enough said. lol

ChuckG73 says:

I am betting they are using the R2D2 version to try and steal some upcoming HTC thunder. I like the D2 and am due for an upgrade, but I think I am going to keep my Incredible and wait to see what else is coming out......

ChuckG73 says:

Long Story but I got the Storm 2 for $199 when it came out instead of the Droid :(

So after a couple of months I traded my Storm 2 for someones Eris. Even swap. I wanted to experience the Adnroid platform and could not find anyone that would trade a Droid for a Storm 2.

A couple months later I accidentally dropped my Eris and cracked the screen, so I got a replacemnet using insurancen and paid $70.

Sold the New Eris for 250 dollars and brought the Incredible for the $529 and got $100 rebate.

So I have had three phones and am up for an upgrade.

KQCrackberry says:

How do you have an Incredible and you're already due for an upgrade? You on that four month plan lol

wg#AC says:

Is the processor the same as the one in the DX? Also is it going to have the same multi-touch keyboard the DX has?

iamlordfx says:

yes the droid 2 has the same omap processor as the droid x and the same UI.

weehooherod says:

What an ugly phone. The OG Droid and the Droid X look so much more bamf.

Does anyone know how much internal memory the evo has?

raulnsocal says:

I will wait for the epic, they seem similar, but I have not liked verizon pricing plans in a long time. the only reason to stay at verizon would be if the plans are less than $20 difference.

meccariello says:

I see no point in trading in my old skool Droid for this...not enough differences.

Front facing cameras should be standard by now

Tat2 says:

I think that keyboard still sucks....I bet that if you put a hard case on it, that the top row of keys will be just as bad to press just like the original Droid with a hard case on.