Motorola Changes Teams, Adds an OMAP processor to the Droid 3

June 20, 2011
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Our good friend Brian King of AnandTech has been passed a tip which lead us all, collectively, holding hands, to a set of benchmarks that show the power of the upcoming newest DROID in the family, that being the DROID3 aka DROID 3 aka Droid 3. Let's use this opportunity to be as clear as we can be with this - which one is it? Let's all agree! Then let's continue down the road with some specs that can be readily understood by these benchmark pages, that being the GLBenchmark 2.0 results pages showing off the first of several doozies: there's no NVIDIA Tegra 2 here, this device will be running an OMAP 4430 processor.

The Motorola Milestone 3 aka XT883 was mentioned earlier today in a report we put up about an inside-Verizon look at MAP for the "new" XOOM model and the Droid 3. This report also points toward the idea that Verizon is not very far away from releasing this device in its American form. Of course you might also take note of the fact that the Milestone 3 was announced in China today on China Telecom, and of course the most important point for you Englanders is the fact that no version of this device will be coming to the UK at all.

What we're looking at here is a qHD 960x540 display at 4-inches atop a full five-row QWERTY keyboard, surrounding Android 2.3.4, a whole possible 1 GB of LPDDR2, a tiny front-facing camera, an excellent 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and all this connecting along CDMA2000 baseband for Verizon. And it looks like there's no NVIDIA processor aboard.

Why is that wild? Why, because Motorola has been packing nothing but NVIDIA processors for its dual-core devices from the start, the Tegra 2 dominating the Motorola lineup since the ATRIX launched earlier this year. Droid X2 is in that gang, the PHOTON 4G is along for the ride, the XOOM of course is in the party, and the delayed delayed and mythical Droid Bionic, all of them NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices at one point or another. Now that appears to be all over, homeboy, with the Droid 3 running a 1GHz OMAP 4430 SoC with PowerVR SGX 540

What you're going to see in these benchmark results above and below is a device codenamed Solana, a name which if you didn't know better would remind you of a mythical horse from a Lisa Frank poster. It also happens to be associated with the Droid 3 on the streets, from what we hear. These benchmarks show the Droid 3 to be one powerful mother, taking its predecessor Droid 2 unit and stomping it down into the dust with almost twice the FPS in both Egypt and PRO. And yes, this is one of those benchmarks where higher is better. These two sets of results are shown by AnandTech highlighting the important two devices, the results discovered today are in the gallery below.

In fact, in the Egypt results you'll only see one result higher, that being the LG Optimus 3D, a device which we expect will be formally announced in NYC this week at a 3D conference the likes of which are sure to be very similar to what we saw earlier this year, again at a Texas Instruments presentation at World Mobile Congress 2011 in Barcelona.

In PRO, results were slightly less dominating with what is indeed twice the FPS of the old Droid 2, but the Droid 3 doesn't win out the whole list, instead ending up 5th in line below LG Optimus 2X, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation, and LG Optimus 3D again. Optimus 3D is cleaning house!

[via AnandTech]


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  • Anonymous

    You need to check your facts – historically, all the Motorola Droids were using TI OMAP processors: original Droid, Droid X, Droid 2. And even Droid Bionic is now being changed to use OMAP…

    The only reason Moto went with Tegra, is to grab Google’s “reference tablet” spot for Xoom (and Atrix as being phone-notebook hybrid), since Google insists on choosing preferred processor manufacturer for their reference devices.

    That leaves Droid X2 as the only weird child in OMAP-loving family of Droids… :) :-P

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      Oh I know, I know – I should have been more clear and noted that I meant “with dual-core”