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Motorola DROID 3: What we know so far

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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!

The Motorola DROID 3 will probably mimic the looks and functionality of the Milestone XT883, pictured above
The Motorola DROID 3 will probably mimic the looks and functionality of the Milestone XT883, pictured above

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