We received word from an untested source that upon launch the Motorola Shadow will be rebranded as the Droid Extreme. Normally I’d file this as rumor and move on, but this isn’t the first time the “Extreme” name has been drawn to my attention. A tipster had previously mentioned that an upcoming Motorola device for Verizon would be called the “Xtreme,” but they weren’t sure if it would be its own device or the eventual street name for the Shadow. Take this as a big rumor with a heaping side of speculation, but it isn’t unprecedented. While the HTC Incredible didn’t have a complete name change, the Droid moniker was added pretty late in the game.
Along with this bit of info about the name, we are hearing that the phone could be ready for launch in as little as a month. While I’ll say that seems a bit soon, it certainly lines up just fine with the rumors we have heard about a July or August release.
And just to clarify in case there has been any confusion, the Motorola Shadow and and Droid 2 are definitely not the same phone. The Droid 2 will be a slight refresh of the Droid we all know and love that most likely incorporates some of the internals from the Shadow for a beefed up experience. It is looking like the exterior may remain identical to the original Droid barring some slight cosmetic changes or (fingers crossed) an improved physical keyboard.
I’d speculate the Droid Shadow/Extreme/Xtreme and Droid 2 will most likely launch around the same time, with the Droid 2 coming in at a more bargain price compared to the higher-end Shadow. Again take all of this as a big rumor for now, but don’t be surprised if we start hearing whispers of the name change.