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If a BlackBerry and Motorola Android phone had a baby, it would look a lot like Motorola’s new Droid Pro.
Positioned as a business-focused Android device, the Droid Pro is notable for its BlackBerry-esque portrait form factor. The device features a hardware keyboard below its 3.1-inch screen and is driven by a snappy 1 gigahertz processor and Android 2.2. It also features a 5-megapixel camera, as well as global roaming support in over 220 countries thanks to its dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip, which lets the Droid Pro hop across different cellular networks. Like all of Verizon’s new Android phones, it comes equipped with 3G hotspot support.
The Droid Pro has the security features many corporate users need — including a “multi-headed” VPN client, remote wipe capabilities, and support for complex passwords. Motorola says the device will support encryption for its on-board memory and SD cards in 2011.
We previously reported on the device as the rumored Motorola “Venus”, and prior to that many believed it would just be a Droid 2 with global roaming support. The Droid Pro resembles Motorola’s funky looking Charm phone on T-Mobile — but whereas that device clearly aims at the mainstream, Motorola has packed enough decent hardware into the Droid Pro to compete with powerful smartphones. In many ways, the device shows just how versatile Android can be — with a simple form-factor change, the platform can legitimately compete for business users who’ve grown accustomed to their BlackBerries.
Along with the Droid Pro, Motorola also announced the “Citrus” yesterday, an entry-level Android device.
Motorola says the Droid Pro will be available in the first week of November.
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