Motorola has finally revealed the Droid 3 and is listing it with or without a contract on Verizon Wireless.
The 3rd generation Droid looks like it could jump to the top of the list for those wanting a dedicated 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard included with their smartphone. The 4-inch qHD display (960 x 540) means it’s going to be a nice size to use too.
Under the hood there’s a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor and 16GB on-board memory. Battery wise it includes a 1540 mAH Li-ion unit capable of 550 minutes talk time or 300 hours standby. It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and includes an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture.
Network compatibility includes All-Digital, 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev. A, and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS. The phone also ships with a Global SIM card and a charger that can be plugged into a wall socket or USB.
In terms of cost, you can pick one up with a two-year Verizon Wireless contract for $199.99. Otherwise, buying one outright takes that price up to $459.99 (not bad, right?).
Remember, Verizon has dropped its unlimited data plans as of today, so unless you are an existing customer expect to pay $30, $50, or $80 depending on your data needs.
In terms of how this phone compares to the Droid 2, Motorola has upgraded in a number of areas. The Droid 2 only has a single-core 1GHz processor, 8GB on-board storage, a 3.7-inch display, Android 2.2, and a smaller 1400 battery. So not only will the Droid 3 be a faster phone, it remains comparable on battery life and includes the latest version of Android. That larger screen also means the keyboard is probably going to be more pleasant to use for those of us with big fingers.
More at Verizon Wireless, via Pocket-lint