Motorola and Verizon Wireless have announced the launch of highly-anticipated Motorola Droid 2 slider phone (the successor to highly-popular Motorola Droid), which Motorola promises to offer blazing-fast 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, better QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging, super-fast Web browsing experience and latest Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 inside.

Key features and specifications of DROID 2 by Motorola includes:

  • Large, brilliant 3.7-inch full multi-touch screen display with WVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution
  • 5 megapixel camera with Dual LED Flash and DVD-quality video recording
  • Improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard with larger keys and enhanced tactility
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot functionality that costs additional $20 a month
  • 8GB internal memory plus included 8GB MicroSD memory card
  • Talk time: up to 575 minutes ; Standby time: up to 315 hours
  • Size: 60.5 x 116.3 x 13.7 mm ; Weight: 169 grams

“With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID,” commented Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer for 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.”

The latest ultra-slim Motorola Droid 2 full-featured smartphone will be available for pre-sale at Verizon’s official site starting August 11, scheduled to hit Verizon stores on August 12 for $199.99, after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new 2-year service contract.

Verizon Wireless also plans to debut a special limited-edition (R2-D2) of DROID 2 by Motorola, which features an exclusive Star Wars content and an exterior designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga, expected to be available online in coming September.