Motorola Droid 3′s Secrets Revealed [Benchmarks, Hands-On Pictures]

June 14, 2011
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    The Motorola Droid 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated QWERTY Superphones of 2011, and apparently, has a few major weaknesses which are starting to surface. Unfortunately, it is looking like the Motorola Droid 3 will only have 512MB of RAM, which is having a negative impact on some of the benchmarks that are starting to emerge. The handset is looking to be Verizon bound on July 7th, and features specs that impress in other areas.

    Great shot of the upcoming Motorola Droid 3

    It is looking likely that it will have a very powerful TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1Ghz processor, and a 4 inch qHD 540×960 display. Don’t get too excited though, as the display itself is looking to be of the pentile matrix variety, which has its own inherent weaknesses.

    Just over a week ago, details emerged that the Droid Bionic will be featuring a renewed and substantial 4.5 inch display. The specs include the following hardware: 4.5-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera and a dual-core processor that seems to be pretty impressive. However, with only 512MB of RAM, we simply can’t dub this latest offering a Superphone.

    Also, check out the benchmarks of the Motorola Droid 3 below.

    Here’s a sample picture taken by the Motorola Droid 3 with its new and improved image sensor:

    Finally – and most importantly – a great pic of the radically redesigned keyboard on the Motorola Droid 3:

    Another rumor that hurts is that this upcoming handset could be lacking 4G LTE connectivity, while many of its competitors do.

    Pentile's displays have been criticized for their lower level of subpixels compared to competing displays

    Anyway, we’ve discovered via XDA.cn that the Droid 3/Milstone 3 will share some common hardware with several other Motorola handsets, and in particular, a Pentile display.  While it’s too early to say, we are getting a pretty good sense of the overall picture regarding the Motorola Droid 3, and its flaws are starting to emerge. Still, does the lack of 4G and the lower level of RAM disappoint you? Hopefully, we’re wrong. Hopefully, the Droid 3 has so much amazing hardware packed inside it it will be able to hold its own to the other top Superphones on the market.

    One thing is for sure though – and that’s that the Droid 3 will be in no way able to stand tall against the omnipotent, ultra-uber-megaphone – the Samsung Galaxy S II, which looks to be the Superphone to end all superphones.

    Thoughts? Is Motorola sabotaging the Droid 3 on purpose? Does it have enough goodness going on to tempt you to open your wallet?

    via Xda.cn

    Comments

    • Droid

      Thanks for the review. I guess a lot of us will be passing on this model.

    • Luke

      No LTE? No 1-gig of ram? No Droid 3 for me! Everybody I know I’m telling to pass on this one. If you want a qwerty phone that is cutting edge, Verizon has nothing to offer, and probably does not care. Droid is dropping from leading edge to bleeding edge. This is sad because I’ve owned both droid 1 and 2. But, this is what happens when you become so successful that you believe the customer’s opinion does not matter…and you are lead by a marketing team that has no common sense.

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