It wasn’t too long ago that we saw, watched, and caught wind of the Motorola Droid 3. What we had heard was that it was on track for a late June, early July release, and folks, it looks like those dates are going to pan out. While rumors surrounding previous devices have been wrong before, we think it’s likely that the Motorola Droid 3 will be launched on or around July 7th, which is less than a month from now.

Of course, what rumor is any good without credible backing? Well, in this case, the boys over at Droid-life have “been hearing from close friends that Big Red is currently targeting July 7 the to make the date official.”

That's one fine looking keyboard

The Motorola Droid 3 is one of the most highly anticipated Android QWERTY phones to come to market in 2011, and has been circulating the rumor mill for some time now. There has been a significant amount of speculation around it not receiving LTE support, and we think that it is unlikely that it won’t be receiving it as well. It’s a shame, really.

The Droid 3 has the same SoC as the LG Optimus 3D / LG Thrill, and holds its own with some of the best performing phones in the world, currently.

Either way, it’s not all bad. The Droid 3 is going to be receiving a rejuvenated keyboard layout, and willl feature five distinct rows of QWERTY goodness. Plus, we know from benchmarks revealed by Nenamark that the Droid 3’s processor is likely to be the TI OMAP 4430 – the same processor in the LG Optimus 3D, which, in a word, is badass.

While Verizon obviously hasn’t yet publicly acknowledged that this phone even exists, we know better. So sit tight folks. I know you QWERTY fanatics out there are salivating to get your hands on this one, and so am I. With it’s 4.0 inch qHD (540×960) display, very powerful and capable TI OMAP4430 SoC, its newly improved keyboard, and especially its 8MP 1080p capable rear camera, it’s actually a lot to be excited about. The only question that remains is this – locked bootloader anyone?

Anyone gonna pick one of these up? Do QWERTY’s still matter?

Via: GottaBeMobile, Benchmarks via AnandTech

Darcy LaCouvee

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