Motorola yesterday officially launched the “newest and most advanced member of the powerful [Motorola] Milestone family”–the Motorola XT883, also known as the Motorola Milestone 3 and the Motorola DROID 3. The unveiling was made by Motorola at the China Telecom’s CDMA Summit and 2011 e-Surfing 3G Handset Trade Fair.

The Motorola Milestone 3 / DROID 3 will start arriving in China stores some time in the third quarter of 2011. It will be available from China Telecom stores and authorized resellers.

The Motorola XT883 is said to land in the U.S. as the Motorola DROID 3 and will have Verizon Wireless as its carrier. No one knows the exact day, but certain sections of the Web say the Motorola DROID 3 will come out ahead on Verizon before it will arrive in China as the Motorola Milestone 3, since previous releases of earlier versions always had the DROID coming befored the Milestone.

The rumored timetable for the DROID 3’s release is some time in July. And, we have very strong reason to suspect that the rumors are true, since the Motorola XT883 also received authorization this week from the Federal Communications Commission and was given the FCC ID IHDT56MF1.

Described as a device that will make its owner a “digital trailblazer,” the Motorola XT883/DROID 3/Milestone 3 bears features that make it the king/queen of all QWERTY smartphones:

  • dual-core processor (read: faster games, better web browsing, better multitasking, hi-def video display on HDTVs)
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4-inch qHD touchscreen
  • five-row (yum!) full QWERTY slider keyboard
  • 8-megapixel back camera (capable of 1080p video capture)
  • front camera
  • 16 GB internal storage (expandable to 32 GB)

Information about the Motorola DROID 3’s dual-core processor still eludes us, but it’s probably either NVIDIA Tegra 2 or Texas Instruments OMAP 4430. We’re betting on the latter.

Anyone here wants to pledge allegiance to this king/queen of QWERTYdom?