QWERTY Superphone Fight! Motorola Droid 3 vs HTC Doubleshot / MyTouch 4G Slide!

June 10, 2011

[Updated: July 8, 2011] QWERTY news goodness abound folks! Major Android manufacturers, Motorola and HTC, are stepping up their QWERTY offerings, and very soon at that. Both will feature dual core processors, and have different screen sizes at 3.7 inch for the HTC Doubleshot, and 4 inches for the Motorola Droid 3, respectively. We now know that the Motorola Droid 3 will be clocked at 1Ghz while the HTC Doubleshot (rebranded in the USA as the MyTouch 4G) will be clocked at 1.2Ghz. Either way, both devices are looking to be blazing fast. Even though the dual-core Snapdragon processor featured in the HTC Doubleshot has a 20% clock speed advantage over the Motorola Droid 3, it has posted worse results than the Cortex A9 cores in the other chipsets, so we will have to see which one reigns supreme, performance wise.

Without further adieu, here’s the QWERTY Superphone Fight: The Motorola Droid 3 vs. the HTC Doubleshot/MyTouch 4G.

MyTouch 4G (Doubleshot) vs. the Motorola Droid 3


Specs of the HTC Doubleshot / MyTouch Slide 4G

We wanted to preface this by saying that there is also speculation that the “Doubleshot” name is in reference to the fact that the device might have dual cameras for 3D pictures and video, but we know this not to be the case. Rather, it will feature what HTC boasts as “the best camera on the market”. The processor inside is certainly powerful enough, and it will go a long way to differentiate it from other QWERTY phones on the market.

  • Dual Scorpion cores, clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 768MB of RAM
  • Adreno 220 GPU for Open GLES 2.0,  3D capable
  • 1080p video recording and playback up to 30 frames/second
  • dedicated low power audio engine
  • integrated low power GPS
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 3.7 inch Super-LCD WVGA Display with a resolution of 480×800
  • 4 row QWERTY Keyboard
  • HDMI out
  • Cellular connectivity: 14.4Mbps HSDPA / 5.75Mbps HSUPA
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz)
  • And of course the usual connectivity suite with a-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and DLNA.
  • MHL (USB/HDMI type connection that will be able  to charge device via HDTV”s) – not confirmed
  • Also rumored to have an FM radio on board too

We think it is highly unlikely that HTC will put the Adreno 205 GPU in the HTC Doubleshot, as it is considered dated technology at this point. In all likelihood, the performance of the HTC Doubleshot will be very similar to that of the HTC Sensation, which in a word, is stellar. It’s the closest a phone (and sits in similar company to the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D) has come yet to dethroning the most powerful smartphone yet – the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Adreno 220 is proving to be an excellent GPU, and has a ton of potential to power this phone through some very good looking games, and have responsive performance in GPS applications like Google Maps.

Motorola Droid 3


Specs of the Motorola Droid 3

While the specs can’t yet be ‘officially’ confirmed for the Motorola Droid 3, according to trusted sources, here they are:

  • 4″ qHD display with 960×540 resolution
  • packing a modified keyboard featuring 5 rows with a a dedicated row of number buttons
  • powered by a dual-core processor 1Ghz TI OMAP 4430, which is awesome
  • 512MB of RAM
  • HDMI out port & the Atrix’s Webtop capability
  • front facing cam (unknown resolution but likely to be 1.3MP)
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • rear 8 megapixel camera with an improved image sensor
  • DLNA Wireless streaming

Credible reports put the GPU inside the Motorola Droid 3 to be the Imagination PowerVR SGX 540, which is the same GPU as the Samsung Galaxy S. This particular GPU is looking highly likely to be inside the next Droid, and since we are talking about Texas Instruments’ new hardware, it can be said with near certainty that the Droid 3 will have  an OMAP 4 on board. This particular SoC is arguably one of the best out today. Plus, since it’s dual core – like the slightly higher speced HTC Doubleshot, it shouldn’t have any problem keeping things humming along.

Release Dates:

Motorola Droid 3: July 14, 2011 on Verizon

HTC Doubleshot: July 27th on T-Mobile branded as the MyTouch Slide 4G

Conclusion:

While we would love to give you the most comprehensive and concrete breakdown, we simply can’t at this stage. Both phones are unreleased, and have not been (publicly) confirmed. Still, June/July is not that far away, and we already know alot about each device. To us, it’s looking like the Motorola Droid 3 is soon going to be the ‘King of QWERTY’s’, with it’s higher, qHD resolution and larger 4 inch display. Either way, both are excellent at handling the latest games, decoding and recording 1080p media, and will be super snappy and responsive using Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so we’re not too concerned.

What’s particularly interesting to consider is what Samsung has brewing, potentially. They produced the Epic 4G, which was essentially the QWERTY cousin to their wildly popular Galaxy S Android phone, so we anticipate that they will similarly produce a QWERTY cousin to what is considered by many to be the best Android smartphone in the world-  the Galaxy S II. Looks like QWERTY is here to stay folks!

Our personal pick goes to the Motorola Droid 3, with it’s larger, higher resolution display, improved 5 row keyboard, and (potentially) more powerful processor. We will have to see how locked down both devices come. HTC seems to be appealing to the carriers more these days, with their phones coming with locked bootloaders. Hopefully this will not be the case for their upcoming slate of devices. Additionally, there has been a lot of discussion as to whether the Motorola Droid 3 will receive support for LTE, but recent reports confirm that it will be 3G only. We have to say that with the current power constraints of 4G connectivity (it kills battery life very quickly), it could potentially be a good thing not to have. Either way, it boils down to user preference.

If you are interested in Android QWERTY phones, check out our comprehensive three part series on the Best Android QWERTY phones!

And how about your thoughts? Does QWERTY still matter? What would make the perfect QWERTY Superphone? Super AMOLED Plus 4.3 inch (or bigger) Quad Core QWERTY Ultraphone perhaps? You know it’s coming…

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Comments

  • Sumi

    From what I have seen in the Doubleshot rom it looks like it will have a 5 row qwerty, a trackpad and hardware buttons( not softbuttons) which makes a huge difference (at least for me)
    Doubleshot ftw

  • H

    where did you get that “doubleshot” picture?
    i doubt it will look like that since it is to succeed the mytouch 3g slide and the mytouch 4g i guess its gonna look like a mytouch 4g with keyboard

    • H

      oh and maybe the doubleshot has the hdmi via usb port that htc has in its new phones

  • Mitch

    What I really want to see is exactly what you said – a 4.3 inch SUPER AMOLED Plus 1.5Ghz Quad Core MegaPhone, even a dual core now. It could be the phone to end all phones. What the hell am I talking about – these aren’t phones anymore. They’ve become something more. Something incredible.

    Either way, Sammy dominates SAMOLED+’s, and pretty much makes their own hardware, from end to end. Plus, the SGS II kicks some serious ffffin ass, so they better produce a keyboard variant or i’m going to explode!!

    Give it to meeeeeeeeeee!!!! Please!!!

  • Derek

    All of this mobile tech is making my head spin. I know it’s all good, like bring on the craziest shit for sure, but I just want something so powerful it’s crazy. I’m obsessed with all this amazing technology! I dream about it!!!

    I want to have the Motorola Droid 3 and a want to have a Samsung Galaxy S II both at the same time!!!!

  • http://www.techendeavour.com/ Rahul Aggarwal

    The details surely buzz excitement and curiosity equally, I think with the dual core processor its quiet possible to have a power packed action from the droid 3. However, the device not being a part of Verizon’s LTE network that is known to the world for its blazing fast speeds and with a more than expected results of 5-10 Mbps on the downlink side and between 2 and 5 Mbps on the uplink side.

  • http://topbestphonereviews.info zamahsri

    Overall I think that the Motorola Droid 3 will be the winner but for the people who are looking for high speed internet connectivity, the HTC Doubleshot is the option regardless to its battery issue

  • Mela360

    motorola droid 3 i guess. they are both really close imo but i like the htc sense better than motoblur but i would prefer the droid 3 because of its screen…

    for future phones, im totally psyched about the nexus 4g… dual core 1.5 ghz processor, 4.5 or 5 inch screen, and android ice cream sandwich!!! or maybe even the motorola jet and bullet. both tegra 3 processors with 1.5 ghz quad core stats. qhd screens and 12 megapixel cameras!

  • Nagash

    The only bad point of droid 3 is the 512mb of ram, and the LCD (not super-LCD or amoled)..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Saithetan Matias Fortonani

    Apenas llega para la empresa mĂłvil que utilizo, compro el droid 3 sin pensarlo, tengo el 2 y este me convenciĂł.

  • etheldreda

    why dont they put 1GB of RAM instead…