We're expecting Motorola and Verizon to take the wraps off of the new DROID 2 this coming Wednesday, but the smartphone has already shown up for some in-the-wild pre-testing. Over at Android and Me they've been putting the 1GHz smartphone through its paces, and according to their benchmarking figures the DROID 2 is well on its way to being the fastest Android 2.1 handset to-date, as well as packing almost twice the graphical performance of its DROID predecessor.
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That's primarily down to the new, faster CPU - a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 - and the doubled RAM, 256MB, since the two phones actually share the same GPU. We're warned to expect even better performance once Motorola push out Android 2.2 for the DROID 2, since the newer OS version is known to have significant speed benefits.
As for the physical hardware, the keyboard is reportedly better and offers greater feedback during typing, but otherwise changes are minimal. That includes the 5-megapixel camera, and we can see would-be owners perhaps picking the Motorola DROID X which has an 8-megapixel camera, can record 720p HD (and output it via HDMI), and has a larger, 4.3-inch display too.
[via Android Community]