It is official, Verizon has announced that the Verizon Droid Eris by HTC will be launching tomorrow, Friday, November 6th. The Droid Eris will launch alongside the Droid by Motorola. (See our Droid vs iPhone Comparison)
While this is news, it has been talked about for sometime from sources like Engadget. The Verizon Droid Eris will hit stores as nothing more than a repackaged version of the HTC Hero by Sprint. The Eris will launch at a price of $99 (after $100 mail in rebate) on a two year contract and will run Android OS 1.5. The Eris comes to stores with a 528MHz processor, 8GB microSD (expandable to 16GB), 5 megapixel camera, and a 3.2 display. The other main difference is that the HTC Droid Eris comes with no QWERTY keyboard, where the Motorola Droid does.
Not sure of the reasoning of releasing two Android phones on the same day, other than giving two options and getting tons of buzz around the highly awaited Android launches. Maybe Verizon thought the launch of the Eris, which is a cheaper alternative, would get more people to stores and more people signing up.
What do you think? Do you think it’s smart to release the HTC Droid Eris and Motorola Droid on the same day?