[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.
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.
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.
While the specs can’t yet be ‘officially’ confirmed for the Motorola Droid 3, according to trusted sources, here they are:
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.
Motorola Droid 3: July 14, 2011 on Verizon
HTC Doubleshot: July 27th on T-Mobile branded as the MyTouch Slide 4G
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.
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