Rumors of yet another Motorola Droid phone made their way to the blogosphere several weeks ago, thanks to a leaked screenshot showing upcoming Android smartphones to be released by Verizon. But, back then, we only got a glimpse of a possible name and release date. Dubbed the Motorola Droid Fighter, the third Motorola Droid offering in six months will be made available on Verizon’s network on April 12. Now, we can finally attach a face to Motorola’s feistily-named new Droid.
A grainy image of the supposed Droid Fighter has been uploaded to the Phone HK forum. The device in the picture clearly bares Motorola’s logo on the top and Verizon’s on the bottom. It does appear that Motorola will be sticking with the Razr look for a while, as the Droid Fighter resembles Big M’s super-thin smartphone, save for the missing soft buttons. Thankfully, we are spared from playing the guessing game of how big the screen size would be, since the picture comes with a note that lists it as a 4.6-inch HD display.
Note that the original Droid Razr, which, with its petite 7.1mm waistline, was hailed as the slimmest smartphone in the world, came out in November 2011. Just two months after that, Motorola Mobility decided to treat (or annoy) their customers by releasing the Droid Razr Maxx, which offers an improved battery life, at the cost a slightly thicker casing. Nevertheless, Motorola’s position in the US is a far cry from the glory days of the original Droid, which made Android look cool for the first time.
Motorola might be sharing beds with Google now, but it’s safe to assume we won’t see any drastic changes in the company’s Android lineup and strategy in the near future. We were hoping that the acquisition will help turn things around in the OS updating department, but, instead, Motorola customers will have to settle for a vague Q2 ICS release date (and that’s just for the global version of the phone).
Perhaps, the Droid Fighter will be the first Motorola Droid phone to run Ice Cream Sandwich? What do you think?