Motorola has finally launched its much anticipated Droid 3 full Qwerty smartphone with Android 2.3 Gingerbeard operating system.
Sporting a 4-inch high quality display, the Motorola Droid 3 handset will come in CDMA and GSM options. Featuring a dual-core 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera and 5-row full Qwerty keypad, the new Droid 3 is ready to rock your world.
Motorola will make the Droid 3 available from Verizon in US from July 14 onwards at $199 (Rs 9000 approx) for a two-year contract and $459.99 (Rs 20,500 approx) as an unlocked SIM-free version.
Quite similar to the first Droid and Droid 2, the new Droid 3 smartphone features beastly hardware that promises top performance. Under the hood lies a dual-core 1Ghz Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 processor with 512MB RAM and 16GB on-board storage.
As usual, Motorola continues its push for high-resolution displays by adding 540×960 qHD resolution support to the 4-inch TFT display.
Droid 3 has a front facing VGA camera for video chat and an 8-megapixel camera with 8x Digital Zoom, auto-focus and LED Flash. Back-panel’s 8-megapixel camera is capable of recording 1080p HD crisp video which shutterbugs will certainly adore. Besides that, the phone also has an HDMI 1.3 port that allows plugging it to an HD display.
By default, Droid 3 runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and will be upgradable to the next Android update — Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully with the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update, the video chat option would be enabled for the Droid 3. Seamless web-browsing experience is promised with the Adobe Flash Player 10 support.
Motorola certainly has packed Droid 3 with amazing hardware that will please the geeks but the phone falls short in certain areas. For instance, it doesn’t offer the 4G LTE support and there’s no clarity as yet whether the Bootloader for the same would be unlocked or not. The latter reason mostly caters to the developers as well as the enthusiasts. Also there’s no update on whether the Droid 3 carries the updated Blur (previously MOTOBLUR) user interface or not.
Though the phone comes in CDMA version, it is capable of supporting and working on GSM networks network as well. If you have a friend or relative coming down from the United States after July 14 then you can ask them to carry the Motorola Droid 3 which approximately will cost about Rs 21,500 including the taxes. Do note that warranty can be bit of an issue over there.