We’ve just gotten another piece of the rumor puzzle of the juicy superphone that is the qwerty toting Motorola DROID 3. It appears that the initial rumor that detailed the processor as a TI OMAP 4 (which is a great processor) was confirmed by a benchmark, and stands to be looking highly likely to be the one in the upcoming Motorola DROID 3.
It turns out that the processor coming in the DROID 3 was benchmarked by the boys at Nenamark, and demonstrated some excellent performance. There isn’t a ton of info available in the test but it does reveal that the DROID 3 has a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU on board, which is an excellent indicator that the handset will likely feature a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, which is excellent. Many had hoped and opined that it would have Tegra 2 SoC, much like the Atrix and other Motorola products. Still, judging from the benchmark test below by Anandtech, this processor is still one of the fastest on any phone right now.
Now the benchmarks above are a bit dated, and the Samsung Galaxy S II 1.2Ghz Exynos processor would likely command 1st place, but TI’s dual core is still very snappy – and that’s before it gets over clocked by the scene. As for the benchmark of the Motorola DROID 3, it shows us that it has a a 960×540 qHD display, which we know from previous rumors is four inches wide, and in this particular benchmark, was running Android 2.3.3. Some rumors have suggested that the Motorola DROID 3 may be the first among many phones to receive Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but this is not looking to be the case if rumored upcoming release dates are true, as they pin it sometime in the summer, and Ice Cream Sandwich wont be finished before then. Additionally, there are good indicators that it will have a vastly improved camera over the Motorola DROID 2, and will likely be able to capture 1080p video.
There is still little evidence to suggest that it will have LTE on board, but we haven’t been able to put together the full picture yet. The same can be said for actually getting a release date confirmed. While most don’t think it will come with an LTE radio on board, we happen to think otherwise. It’s likely that this particular DROID will be released in multiple versions much like the Motorola DROID 1 & 2, Motorola Milestone 1 & 2, and the DROID 2 Global. We have high hopes that it will be released with some good connectivity differentiation, eventually.
Really though, the Motorola DROID 3 is looking to be the King of QWERTY’s anyday now and with a delightful sliding physical QWERTY complete with the requisite dedicated number row, could be the Android QWERTY superphone that a lot of folks have been waiting for. What do you think of the Motoroala DROID 3? Are you thinking about it?
Check out our full breakdown of the Motorla DROID 3 here.