Verizon Unveils BlackBerry-like ‘Droid Pro’ and Compact ‘Citrus’

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Verizon recently announced the Motorola Droid Pro, a vertically-aligned Android phone with a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a keyboard reminiscent of those typically found on BlackBerry handsets.

That familiar keyboard is no accident, as Verizon is positioning the Droid Pro as "the first Android-based smartphone optimized for business use."

The handset features a 1GHz processor, 2GB of built-in memory along with an included 2GB microSD card, Android 2.2 with full Flash support, support for Exchange and Gmail accounts, 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, the ability to use the phone as a portable hotspot, and worldwide roaming.

The Droid Pro will be available "in the coming weeks," though pricing hasn’t been announced yet. I’d guess that since there’s only 2GB of built-in memory and the camera only captures DVD-quality video, the price will probably come in at under $200. We’ll find out in a few weeks, though.

The company also announced the Motorola Citrus, a compact, entry-level Android handset due in the fourth quarter—no pricing info yet.


There’s not much in the way of specs either, though the phone features something called BACKTRACK, which is "a touch panel located on the back of the device that enables users to navigate and scroll through websites, home screens, e-mails, music and more without obstructing the display."

The "entry-level" quip will probably put this phone in the $100 to $150 range, but we’ll have to wait for official details from Verizon to be sure.

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