Droid 3 Photos leaked, shows redesigned keyboard

March 19, 2011
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Photos have leaked of what is reported to be the new Motorola Droid 3 sporting a redesigned keyboard. The slide up QWERTY has five rows, rather than the smaller 4 row design featured in the Droid 2. The buttons look fairly large for typing and it's an impressive outlay considering the phone shown looks fairly thin. There also looks to be HDMI and microUSB ports as well.

But other than that, there isn't really much to go on. It looks to have a stock 4" TFT screen, and if were can infer anything from the previous Droid 2 specs and the current state of the Android art, we can probably expect top maybe go up to a qHD screen. And since the Droid 2 runs a Froyo flavored OS, it would certainly need to run Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) at the very least.

Other possible specs to dream about .... maybe maybe boosting to dual core for that 1Ghz processor? Replacing the 5MP camera for a a 8MP camera with full HD recording? Or jump on the dual camera bandwagon? That doesn't seem likely since the images don't really show a front facing webcam for video chat. At the very least we'd also expect 4G/LTE connectivity. What would you like so see?

[via Unwired View]


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001543071869 Elatia Grimshaw

    Is the bootloader locked? Does it have Blur?

  • Matt

    I don’t think it’s going to have LTE connectivity, that seems to be the general consensus. If it does it’ll be my next phone.

  • cboy

    H’m you sure to the top right that isn’t a ffc?

    • Dev_null

      Hard to tell. It’s a light sensor at that location on the Milestone…

  • Musashi

    I like the fifth row keyboard… now how about a better battery so i can last a few days with charging.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HTGABCO6QC6CSIC46B2FUHNQLA nasdj jsuakj

    Its lucky for all of u.

    http://bit.ly/dHHa04

  • guest

    Love the idea of the 5-row keyboard, and the 8mp camera, and almost has to be 4g compatible. will wait for this phone before upgrading if this is the case:)

  • Alan

    A Milestone 3 version would be nice, my original Milestone is beginning to show its age…

    • Travis

      I used to have th original Droid and let me tell you I loved that phone, especially when it came to battery life, I loved it!

      • Spec

        I am still on the original Droid. If other phones have worse battery life, that really sucks. I often fall short on battery in a single day, even without wifi and BT and GPS. My good old Treo would go days…

  • Travis

    I would love to see it on the 4G LTE Connectivity! Other than that I just want to see the Droid 3 be able to have the same fluidity as the iPhone when scrolling on the web or home pages or BETTER fluidity than the iPhone when scrolling on the web and on the Home Pages. I currently have the Droid 2:Global and it doesn’t scroll as well on the home pages compared to the iPhone 3, YES 3! C’mon TI come out with a chip that can hang with the Droid Line of Phones made by Motorola! Other than that a 4″ Screen would be AMAZING, because my girlfriend has the Samsung Vibrant and it has a 4″ screen and it is less straining on the eyes, I also have had the opportunity to look at the Droid X with it’s 4.3 Inch Screen and it is awesome, but I think maybe a little too big. To me 4 Inches is the way to go, if you need something bigger, go with a tablet PC and go back to some cheap texting phone.

    • Travis

      Also, I Would love to see improved battery Life as well!!! The Droid 1 had excellent battery life and the Droid 2/X simply didn’t. My Droid 2 Global barely gets me through the day AND I have the Extended Battery.

      • Johncwilson44

        not all the extended batteries are the greatest and it depends how you charge it when you first get it. i have a d2 and it gets me through the day easily and then some. mines also rooted though at 1200 mhz max and 1000 mhz (1.15ghz, 900,700, and 400) if yours is just play with it some more. cant wait for the d3 either :)

  • Joseph

    I would personally love to see 4G LTE, front-facing camera, 8 MP w/ 720p video, global connectivity if you wish to choose 3G, dual-core, and how about good battery life…listen guys the more powerful these things become, they come at a price, until you see smaller nm chipset designs with less voltage draw, battery life is gonna take a back-seat to performance until it catches up for a couple years, dual-core phones are just being tapped now.

  • Joseph

    I would personally love to see 4G LTE, front-facing camera, 8 MP w/ 720p video, global connectivity if you wish to choose 3G, dual-core, and how about good battery life…listen guys the more powerful these things become, they come at a price, until you see smaller nm chipset designs with less voltage draw, battery life is gonna take a back-seat to performance until it catches up for a couple years, dual-core phones are just being tapped now.

  • Warped1987

    I “NEED” not “want” a front facing camera, any phone that doesn’t have it now is just being laughed at by the iPhone and those smug bastards, it needs an 8MP rear that shoots in HD, keep the dual cams for 3D out,t hat shit is just retarded. Dual core, and this Ice Cream thing I’ve been hearing about? That sounds hot. Please never stop making full QWERTY phones, I absolutely hate touch screen only. And make it smooth and lag free, I hate to say this but, like the iPhone

  • Kip Bouton

    Everything stated above.

  • Scitzo00

    1.2 to 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon or Tegra processor. Minimum 512MB built in RAM, not mixed with the system storage. Built in 16GB would be nice, but so long as there is a SDHC slot it’s not absolutely necessary. 8MP camera with 720p recording is a must. A front facing camera I’d only appreciate if there is a docking station that holds the phone in just the right position to use it when seated. Otherwise I could take or leave. For that matter a docking station with HDMI out and the ability to display your phone’s contents on a monitor or TV would be amazing. Perhaps a pico projector? That’d be killer. qHD screen with appropriate GPU would be necessary, but those are becoming standard elsewhere anyway. Wireless bluetooth tethering would also be ideal. Aw hell, just build the thing like the Mozilla Seabird concept, but with a physical keyboard, and I’ll be happy! :]

  • Tucker

    ummm, maybe it’s just me, but if you look in the upper right corner of the screen, that cirlce appears to be a VGA front facing camera.

    • mgmt

      I saw that too, Tucker. The only reason I question if it is a VGA is that I’m pretty sure the Droid 2 has an LED in that same spot. Might be the same layout?

      The Bionic has been in my crosshairs for weeks now…but the slideout keyboard on this phone makes me wonder if I should wait…

    • Guest

      That’s probably just the LED for notifications

  • http://profiles.google.com/colt45x22 colton trujillo

    I want to see battery life that is on par with a normal cell phone. Either that, or batteries that are quicker to swap out (and maybe a battery cache of some kind that would allow the swap to happen without losing data). I love the bigger screen. I’ve been hoping someone would come out w/ a physical qwerty phone with at least a 4 incher…maybe have the microsd slot on the outside (accessible w/out having to remove the battery). Physical home, menu, back, and search buttons would have been a plus too. If they incorporate the features the author of the article suggests, this thing will be damn near perfect to me. OH AND A KICKSTAND!

  • Dano78

    Just to clarify.

    2.3 = Gingerbread

    2.4 = Ice Cream

  • Dano78

    Just to clarify.

    2.3 = Gingerbread

    2.4 = Ice Cream

  • kyllian60

    What is the ice cream thing?  When oh when is the Bionic going to come out!!!!  Really getting tired of waiting!