Motorola DROID X 2, DROID 3, and Targa to come after the BIONIC

Motorola DROID X 2, DROID 3, and Targa to come after the BIONIC
If you have been following all the Verizon upcoming phones lately, you're probably aware that the DROID BIONIC will be the next major release by Motorola, as it will be its first 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon and will feature a qHD display, 8MP camera, and a dual-core processor.

After that, it seems there are plans for a DROID X 2 (model MB870 code named Daytona) and a DROID 3. From what we've heard, neither of these will support 4G LTE, with the DROID X 2 also using the qHD display and dual core processor (but still looks like the original DROID X body), and the DROID 3 having a better keyboard design. Below are a few new images as both, but unfortunately the keyboard isn't shown on the DROID 3.

But what is really interesting is the device with the code name Targa, as it looks to be in the DROID X model series (notice the camera hump on the back), but is much more fashionable with a chrome accents on the sides. This device will also support 4G, as it is clearly shown on the back cover. We can also see a front facing camera for video chats, capacitive buttons on the bottom, HDMI out on the side, and under the rear camera it looks to say "13MP / AF" but it is hard to make out. Hopefully it will also have a qHD display a dual-core processor, but our guess is this device probably won't be out until Q4 for the holidays.

It's good to see that Motorola is moving right along with its phone designs.

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The same person who leaked the images is now saying that the Motorola Targa (which is the code-name) will probably come with a quad-core processor when it is released. (Sorry, it will still be dual-core processor). There are also some new pictures of the DROID 3 open with its 5-row QWERTY keyboard shown below (thanks kbman).

source: HowardForums (wnrussell), here and again here.

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1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm not sure if i like the capacitive buttons being so close together on that shot there of the Droid 3 but i wasn't really feeling the Droid 2 leaks either but it really grew on me by the time it got official. from what i'm seeing right now the Targa might be the way to go, keyboard be damned.

34. ravenlore unregistered

Thump3r wins at life for his/her Kenpachi icon. Back to topic: Droid 3 isn't going to be LTE. I can't bleeping believe it. :-(

36. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

her huh? thanks. xD

44. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I just wish they would stop getting inspiration from wales... or a spoon... or whatever the heck they think they are mimicing


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Motorola needs to get rid of motoblur on their high end phones.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they just need to keep it toned down. a full stock version would be nice though. that said, the targa looks like a slightly bigger Vibrant/Captivate. any word on the camera on the back? looks like it might actually have a semi decent lens (for a phone anyways)

13. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Engadget says they think it's a 13MP shooter.

21. techee44 unregistered

Where's it say that?

38. chris23

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

From the pics it looks like it will be full on motoblur....i see the Motoblur accounts icon in the app menu of the Droid x2.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I agree. Please, please, don't put Motoblur on these devices. Motorola has to have heard how much people hate it by now! Thank you Launcher Pro.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I dunno. I like Motoblur's widgets and functionality, and it runs just fine on my X. My X only seems to lag when I have live wallpaper on it or it's running too many apps at once. My only complaint is that no option exists to dismiss all social feed updates at once. That they could fix. But it's really a pretty good skin over stock Android.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Don't get me wrong. I am glad Motorola is stepping up and getting dual core processors and higher screen resolutions but Motoblur itself is holding Motorola back. Too many people root their motorola phones just to go full stock android. I wish they would just make official stock builds for their phones that people can download easily if they don't like UI skins like Motoblur, Sense, and Touchwiz.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What specifically is wrong with motoblur? I'm not quite clear on this.

7. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

My biggest complaint would be that every time I swipe to a new screen the dock disappears and you have to wait to get back to your dialer contacts and apps. And none of the 3rd party launchers lag as badly as motoblur, although that's not to say motoblur lagged that much for me in the first place but the launchers definitely give a smoother experience with more options. But I do like Motorola's widgets which fortunately I still get access even in the other launchers.

10. 640k unregistered

The biggest problem with Motoblur isn't the home screen, it's the intrusiveness into the Android experience as a whole. Between the backup assistant (unnecessary), account integration (pre-installed apps, poor integration) and the battery manager (really? disable data at night? can't i just plug my phone in?), Motoblur's attempt at integration wasn't thoroughly tested. The text messaging app that replaces the stock messenger is cumbersome to say the least. You have to constantly tell it to resize pics when attaching to MMS, you lose the ability to hit the enter key on physical keyboards to send text messages and you lose parts of Android's integrated environment with the shortcut bubble. Motoblur's account integration is the worst of the entire experience. You have to log in to Facebook twice and you have no choice over what contacts synchronize (all vs. what's already in your address book). Adding an account seems to take one to two more steps more, over what Android would require because of how Moto dumbed-down the process in an attempt to appeal to non-tech savvy people. Motoblur's gallery is terrible too. I hate having to scroll pic by pic, video by video and it doesn't do a great job of organizing your gallery either. The camera to gallery integration is also lacking in that I'll often find I'll be looking at the first pic I've taken, vs. the last. So if I want to share the pic I just took, I have to find it, again. There are only two things that Moto brought to the Android experience that I almost can't live without. The camera/camcorder is light years better than Android's and they included a desperately needed audio equalizer with profile settings (although it doesn't work consistently and you have to reselect the settings).

8. JQ unregistered

Why is there no GSM version of the Droid X? Why can't Motorola release one for the GSM market?

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

they gave you the Atrix.

35. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

No GSM Versions because GSM is crap and companies using GSM aren't going to be investing in it for very much longer, not to mention CDMA phones are selling like hotcakes, why slow that momentum? sounds like YOU are the one that needs CDMA not visa versa

37. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

actually i think it's the other way around...

40. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

And why is it the other way around? PapaJay has it right on.

43. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

CDMA is quite reliable but the future doesn't lie in it, it's just outdated technology made for the military years ago here in the U.S. everywhere else has GSM because it's faster than CDMA and can support voice and data at the same time. even Verizon's own LTE network is based off of GSM technology.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I like the design of the Droid 3 - the way the chrome ringed screen floats over the rest of the device is classy. It also hints at a much bigger keyboard under there than the current model.

12. JasonP unregistered

Capacitive buttons??? Oh-NO!!!!!!!!!!

15. CNachoz unregistered

but says on the back of the X2 4G??? da fffffuuu.........

25. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's the quad-core Targa, not the X2 reboot

16. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I must the only person in America who works in a job that it is tough on his phones. I am truly in need of a high end phone, but where I work it is hard to keep exposed screens in good shape. I really like the look of some of these phones, and would love to have a high end, flexable toy. But man.... I would not last even half of my contract without a little durability to these. These seem like very solid upgrades from Moto, even with some of the complaints of Motoblur. As popular as these lines of phones (the X and Droid) are, I cannot see them moving to a stock Android, although maybe streamlining the experience may not be too much to hope for.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, sanjay did say that Moto is moving away from promoting Blur. And the cut down nature of it on the X and 2 speaks to this. I personally like it. But I understand others' criticisms of the interface. I'll still take it over the cheap pos phones LG keeps tossing out.

24. Buck unregistered

Have you tried getting a great case? For instance, my coworker got an "Otterbox" case for his iPhone 3G. Yeah, it doubles the size of the phone, but it also almost completely encases the phone in a plastic exoskeleton and around THAT is wrapped a thick rubber encasement. Together, you can toss the damn phone across the room and have no problem whatsoever. I don't know if they make cases like that for other phones, but I'd imagine someone's got to...

42. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have had very little luck with a casein the past, but I bet they have improved them as well as the phones as time has gone by. I haven't heard of an otterbox, I will check into it- then throw my phone across the room and let you know! :-D

18. Blurrrry unregistered

I find it so bizarre that so many people hate Moto Blur, I actually feel that it has the best social networking integration of any thing running on any device out there. I think that if you feel the need to get constant updates from various outlets Blur is the way to go, because I've had Android on various phones, and only Motorola is consistent when it comes to updates. I will say that the Backflip was slow and laggy, the Droid 2 was slow at times and a little laggy, and the Atrix is flawless... I think Motorola should keep Blur, but just make it optional, because I honestly don't ever want another phone unless it has Blur... or something equal to it

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