Motorola DROID 3: What we know so far

Motorola DROID 3: What we know so far
The Motorola DROID 3 follows the footsteps of previous DROIDs and expectations are as high as it gets. Outside the States, in China, the phone has already been released as the Motorola Milestone 3, but stateside we are yet to see the final device. What do we know so far? The DROID 3 is coming on Verizon, with most rumors pointing at a July 7th release, but, disappointingly, the DROID 3 will most likely not feature LTE connectivity.

A 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 chip runs the whole show, but while that's a noticeable bump over previous editions, the DROID 3 is envisioned to come with the same old 512MB of RAM. That all translates in an above average Quadrant score hovering around the 2,000 mark – good, but nothing revolutionary. Looking at the graphical GLBenchmark, however, reveals that the OMAP 4430 processor actually outperforms the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, especially if you take into account the fact that with a qHD resolution, the handset has to work harder to get the same frames per second.

Except for that the third DROID is expected to sport one more advantage over previous handsets from the series with a spacious 4-inch qHD PenTile screen showing the beauties of Android 2.3 Gingerbread skinned with the latest Moto Blur, up from the 3.7" display on the DROID 2.

The familiar specific bottom part is to remain a key element in the design of the handset, which now comes with a 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The upper row is dedicated to only numbers and should make typing numbers much easier on the third DROID. On the back, an 8-megapixel camera will take video recording on par with most recent smartphone heavyweights as it supports full HD 1080p video recording. 

Will this be enough to convince you to stay loyal to the DROID brand or even make you switch to the DROID 3 from another device? Feel free to chime in with your opinions in the comments below!

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  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor TI OMAP 4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(9.16h talk time)



1. gemmabba

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2011

either this, the bionic, or photon 4g....decision decision decision

2. texasboylaw

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

hey should i return my charge and wait on this to come out and use my new member discount on this? or just keep the charge?

5. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Easy decision- What is more important? 4G and a bigger screen with a Super AMOLED Plus? Or a dual core which should provide a slightly better future proof device and one would guess quicker UI and OS experience, and a physical keyboard? (From your screen name, I am guessing your are in the Lone Star State, and if you live in a 4G area, the quicker experience from dual core may be a wash next to LTE single core.)

21. texasboylaw

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

thanks bro ur right. but im in Va where there is no 4g yet so im going with the dual core ..i hope it comes out july 7th

26. bobcatdroid unregistered

Do not do that. It is a mistake. The UI experience is not any better on the Droid X2 (dual-core) over the Droid X (single-sore) that I have. Who uses keyboards anymore anyways? The droid Charge will be the better phone over time because of 4G LTE. Until the dual core starts processing RAM at a higher output the technology is kinda pointless. Especially when in this article it talks about this phone having to work harder to get the same fps. Trust me I work for these guys. If you want the keyboard or the 1080p video get it. If those are not big deals for you then forget it. You have a better device.

3. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

I've owned Droid 1 and it was one of best, if not best, handsets I have ever used and held in my hand - and I held it a lot! Droid 3 will be definitely one on my primary targets for next phone, along with SE ARC, neo or (rumored one) SE DUO, or HTC Sensation... Just, I will have to go for global version now because of region I live in now. So it will be Milestone 3 or Droid 3 global. p.s. I think specs are impressive enough and it has sexy looks!

4. Donothan unregistered

Man, I think I'm going to get this phone regardless of the LTE network. I've used the LTE network before and it is fast but I think the value of this phone outweighs the benefits of the network. I've had my Incredible after dropping the Droid 1 early. I could not stand how slow the Droid 1 was and my girlfriend had the Incredible and it was "incredibly snappy". So I ditched it. But I must admit, I truly miss having a physical keyboard. I think I'm going to get this on that alone. Like typing texts on a touchscreen is such a major annoyance. This will bring me back to text-entry nirvana along with the overall performance.

6. broot79 unregistered

No LTE...that was stupid to omit on a brand new device.

7. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Living in a rural area that was one of the last to get 3G, the absence of 4G for me is a moot point. Currently a Droid 2 owner, I don't know if the subtle differences are worth the upgrade. I have a line eligible for upgrade and was hoping to use it on a 4G device(hopefully my area would be 4G in less than 2 years), but I do not like all the giant 4.3" screens, really don't want anything bigger than my current device. I have a feeling it most likely won't be until this time next year that we start seeing a plethora of 4G devices and I'm not sure I want to wait that long. A Droid 2 like device(screen size, keyboard, etc) with 4G is really what I would like to see

8. Blades unregistered

Been using my TouchPro2 for 2 years now, eligible for the upgrade and this looks like the perfect upgrade..physical keyboard, 8MP camera and a nice new faster phone. Yup..this is the one for me.

9. anon38742893 unregistered

all about that iPHONE. have fun with your norton antivirus and malware on your android.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thanks! Those of us that like Android will do just that. Have a nice day.. ;)

14. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

because I have had SO many viruses on my phone!! NOT!! get a life kid.. at least when my phone needs any sort of update, I dont have to run like the wind to a computer and put my phone on a leash connected to my lap top to do updates.. push updates are so nice! even better, I can install it anywhere, even when i am on the road.. and whats better.. they never fail and cause me to have to send my phone to the manufacturer. shall I continue on why android is better..?

18. derp unregistered

no instead, you install it, then cry because your phone was bricked. android is pathetic when it comes to updates. i wonder if this phone will be as poorly built as the horrible, horrible droid 2....

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....I'm sure the millions of Android users out there are all upset about Android updates.If it is poorly built, good thing there is more choices to choose from. Thanks for the info... :)

28. derp unregistered

your right, millions of people are pissed about their botched updates everyday just like you. keep fuming at your keyboard over my comments. it makes me laugh...idiot.

22. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The droid 2 is a great phone, never had any problems with it, met all of my needs, exceeded my expectations

23. Nafon unregistered

Yes you should continue. iOS 5 brings everything you mentioned

19. andrewgarza

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

you're cool. and anon38742893 is exactly what you look like to apple. you're just a number on jobs' paycheck, have fun with your garbage updates and if your phone freezes better make an appointment for 3 days from then with a genius so they can look at it and reset it for you, douche.

11. Jeimuzu34 unregistered

this might be a stupid question but what is LTE ?

12. jkeskel

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2009

Stands for Long Term Evolution. It's one of the network technologies considered to be 4G, along with WiMax and HSPA+.

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it's the fastest yet most inconsistent! ;D

13. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

The more I use all these phones, the more brand loyal I am becoming to HTC devises. I do not really care for my droid x2, given an option, I would have a droid x, so I could have gingerbread (I do not root, nor do I know how to for that matter, so I cant get it on my droid x2) I also do not live in a 4G LTE area, and from what I am told, this is one of the last areas that will get it.. with that in mind, I like a larger screen, 4-4.5" is good, and wish I would have kept my incredible2 and not exchanged it for this dual core droid x2, which, for me, is running slower than the incredible 2 was. I was hoping for faster, hence why I exchanged devises.

16. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

TI processors seem to be consistently better than the rest of the processors used in Android devices out there so i'm sure i'd be satisfied with an OMAP4. i'll still get this phone but if only it had more RAM...

17. AZCorvette unregistered

Referring to the first post above, is the Photon even going to be available on Verizon? Except for the Incredible 2, Verizon doesn't have a candy-bar global phone. I wish!

24. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

mmm..nope! not that i know of. i know the Trophy is a world phone but the only Android offerings will probably be the Incredible 2 and the Droid Pro for a while. o:

25. Me unregistered

Yes, I will get the Droid3. My Droid2 has major-league issues, but like the Droid setup. Keyboard sounds wonderful. Couldn't care less about any of the touch-screen phones. You couldn't give me a droid charge.

27. fredisdead unregistered

Blackberry Curve is getting retired and hello Droid 3

29. OriginalDroidOwner unregistered

I'm now happily seeing rumors now that Droid 3 is going to get 1GB and not 512MB. If it does have 1GB, I'll be upgrading on the first day. If not, I'm going to hold on to my OG Droid and wait and see what the general feedback is on the Droid 3. I really want the QWERTY keyboard, so the other phones aren't really an option.

30. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i saw that too, it really brought my hopes up.

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