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DROID Targa and DROID3 Make First Appearances, DROIDX2 Again as MB870

Now that we’re done hypebeastin‘ the HTC Thunderbolt, it’s time to get back to the family of phones that truly drives us to do what we do everyday.  Some photos of the new DROIDs made the rounds last night and included a new player which has been codenamed Targa.

The Targa picture above appears to just be a mockup, but mockups are usually pretty good indicators of what the final phone will look like.  And this is one of those that we’re hoping is spot on because this phone is hot.  You can see that the plan is for it to be a 4G LTE device on Verizon, has at least a 4″ screen which we’ll assume is qHD, front and back cameras, and a super sleek body that emulates the DX, but a heck of a lot smoother.  No word on official specs or release date, but we’re not buying into the current rumor of it coming out by X-mas.  We’re thinking we could see it way before then.  

First look at the DROID3:

Ahhh the 3rd version of the original that started it all.  I’m liking this new thinner top for a slideout.  The D2 was incredibly heavy, so we’re hoping this new version will come in at a much lighter weight while also sporting a 4″ qHD screen.  It appears to have a front-facing camera, but that could also just be sensor.  And what about that new slanted lip?  This is definitely an upgrade over the D2’s look.

And the DROIDX2 again:

Well, we’ve seen pictures of the DROIDX2 already, but now we know for sure that Daytona is indeed the codename for it and the model number is MB870.  It’s also running 2.2.1 with the new Blur at this point, so hopefully that changes to Gingerbread come launch.

Thoughts?  This is a lot to take in on a Tuesday morning.

Via:  Howard Forums, (2), (3), Engadget

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  • Antonio Proudarse

    Pentile QHD screen like the Atrix? I don”t think so Motorola, if I want a Pentile un-sharp screen then I’d rather go with Samsungs Amoled.

    Your bootloader will also more than likely be locked so I won’t be able to flash a custom ROM to escape your horribly disgusting Motoblur.

    And to make things worse you will take forever to update these phones to the next version of Android.

    I learnt my lesson after Milestone and Milestone 2. THERE WILL NOT BE A MILESTONE 3 OR ANY OTHER MOTOROLA NONSENSE FOR ME EVER AGAIN.

    SAY BYE TO MY MONEY AND ALSO TO ALL MY RETARD FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES MONEY AS I WILL STEER THEM AWAY FROM MOTOROLA.

    Oh and Sanjay Jha should be deported back to India.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Tommyholloway77

    they need to make smaller version of  the thunderbolt or droid charge llike they did for the evo with sprint because the phones are getting to bigg

  • Anonymous

    The Droid Targa looks interesting but I need to see spec’s. My OG Droid running 2.2.3 Gingerbread by ChevyNo1 is running so good I’m not really looking to get a new phone just yet.

    Motorola DROID 1
    Simply Stunning GB 5.1
    ChevyNo1’s LV 1.2 GHz Kernel
    Launcher Pro Plus
    Chump Change Chrome theme
    Quadrant 1570

  • kellex

    if u zoom in, it looks like it has a 12mp camera… or are my eyes decieving me… i am talking about the targa

  • Anonymous
  • Bogat33

    Wow the X2 looks the same, way to upgrade Motorola. I’m just gonna get an iPhone or the next awesome Droid phone on Verizon.

  • Bartman

    Well, I jumped to a DX as soon as they were available; Not too excited by what is
    Out there “now”( phones which were”leaked”). So, I am going to keep my
    DX and hope that Motorola, Google and
    Big Red won’t forget about us when the
    updates start coming!

  • Anonymous

    Why take a picture of the Droid 3 and not show the keyboard? I’m definitely not getting it if it’s at all like the First two Droid keyboards.

  • Raven

    The next Droid with Dual-Core and a Physical Keyboard which I am hoping/guessing will be the Droid 3.

  • Monique

    can some company please make a phone that’s smaller than the EVO and/or Droid X but still have a bigger screen than 3.5 inches? Having a big screen is nice and all but can’t they just put a bigger screen in a smaller sized phone? I mean, just shave some of the borders a bit. I don’t want a giant phone that’s bigger than the size of my hand. I’m female and would like something more petite and less masculine. Despite what people may think, the iPhone 4 is a great looking phone and it’s the perfect sized phone, just wish the screen was a little bit bigger but still maintain the same size casing. I played with the EVO and was just blown away by the size of it. That’s why I couldn’t bring myself into buying the Thunderbolt, great looking phone, but just way too big for me…very unfortunate too

    • traction

      Try the Galaxy S phones – 4 inch screens are great.

  • The Droid 3 pick looks like a Motorola Backflip front. The buttons and the border/color mirror it.

  • Destin4death

    FYI the pic of the Targa is not a mock up. it is of an actual device in someones hands already.

    As far as the X2 & D3 do us a favor Moto and keep them don’t waste our time on another meaninless upgrade to get us hosed into a contract. Oh and plz stop falling back in the trap of the Razr days just doing a makover of the same dam device day in and day out. Come up with something new and better then the others mfgs.

  • Jchammer123

    I love and still use the OG Droid but have not been impressed with the look of the D2 or the D3. The Targa looks pretty sweet though. I think that HTC has converted me though. Motorola just seems to be locking down there devices too much. I’m too much into the customization and rooting to not have the unlocked bootloader and other goodies. Even though the Thunderbolt has been a pain in the a** waiting for it to release, I think that’s the route I’m gonna go! (could change on a daily basis, lol)

    • DBK

      Keep in mind that one of these Droids is supposed to be unlocked and have stock Android. And it’s looking more and more like the D3.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s take a stand against locked bootloaders. I love motorola, but a locked bootloader is not android

  • MachineGun68

    So let me get this straight. If I buy a new LTE phone it will NOT work in any area without LTE 4G coverage?
    Will it not migrate to 3G if neccessary? If not, that’s a no brainer decision.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry, the 4G phones will have 3G also.

  • Anonymous

    random question though.. why is it so hard for moto to allow their batteries to display the exact percentage instead of 10% increments? the xoom goes by percents? every other manufacture goes by percents.. wth

  • I agree Brian.

  • I’m holding onto my OG droid until I find something Verizon LTE running stock android.

  • As long as Motorola continues to ship locked bootloaders I won’t buy them. My atrix is so full of bugs it is not even funny.

    • Anonymous

      really? my friend who was a huge android hater, obsessed with his iphone finally made the switch cas he said “he got deathly bored of iOS and it was clear it wasnt going to change anytime soon” is absolutely obsessed with his atrix.. he doesnt have the laptop dock and is using it just as a phone and car dock, but has had nothing but compliments for it

      • Anonymous

        After iOS, anything looks great.

      • Anonymous

        After iOS, anything looks great.

      • Anonymous

        I know when I first bought my DX it had a lot of bugs in it. Within a week most worked themselves out and the rest were fixed with update that came a month or so later. I don’t know if I’ve come to tolerate them or they’ve disappeared, but I don’t really have any problems with it now.

  • Tojiro

    Lots of very pretty phones ruined by a very crappy skin. Maybe if they don’t encrypt the bootloader I’d consider getting one of them…

  • Anonymous

    yup… I need the targa… HTC shot themselves in the foot.. well maybe verizon shot HTC in the foot.. was thinking of buying a thunderbolt back early feb… but with dual core phones out possibly within 4-8 weeks, no way I’m going to be stuck with something dual core for the next 2 years

    on a side note my company is buying me an ipad2 so I’m returning my xoom with tears in my eyes mind you 🙁 but $600 plus $20 a month back in my pocket is just too worth it when I have another tablet even if it is the most closed and seemingly worthless piece of hardware compared to the xoom… but a tablet for me is specifically only for surfing the web on the couch.. could care less bout apps, except the xfinity app is pretty cool.. and i’m going to miss google chrome on my tablet for sure 🙁

    • Anonymous

      OK, I’m jealous. Where do you work that’s giving you an ipad2?

      • Anonymous

        I work for a semiconductor company in oregon that builds the radio frequency chips (3g 4g wimax) and power amplifiers that we have in all of our phones.. every droid branded phone, every iphone except the verizon iphone and both ipads, htc motos samsungs, palm, nokias, blackberries… we are a massive company you never heard of 🙂

        if you open up your droid you will see a chip with my companies name on it… and thats why I have an iphone and a droid x.. the iphone was bought for me.. the ipad2 will be bought for me

        not a bad gig for graduating University of Oregon in september 2010 🙂

  • great another phone with a locked bootloader.

    everyone knows even though the xoom is unlockable, none of their phones will be.

    sad but true.

    i’ll stick with htc.

    the incredible is still the best droid branded phone on the market, and probably will continue on with the incredible 2 up until either moto unlocks their bootloader or htc makes the god phone.

    And this is coming from someone who’s bought an og droid and loved it.

    i like the quality of craftsmanship on the moto phones much more than htc. my incredible is nice, but nowhere near the high end feeling i get holding an og droid. They feel way more high end. In fact i like the heft of the droid and droid 2. I just hate that moto has all droids locked down.

    • xyzlene

      how soon we forget… The G2 was locked on t-mobile.. You guys honestly think the t-bolt will be open.. let’s wait till the reviews…

  • great another phone with a locked bootloader.

    everyone knows even though the xoom is unlockable, none of their phones will be.

    sad but true.

    i’ll stick with htc.

    the incredible is still the best droid branded phone on the market, and probably will continue on with the incredible 2 up until either moto unlocks their bootloader or htc makes the god phone.

    And this is coming from someone who’s bought an og droid and loved it.

    i like the quality of craftsmanship on the moto phones much more than htc. my incredible is nice, but nowhere near the high end feeling i get holding an og droid. They feel way more high end. In fact i like the heft of the droid and droid 2. I just hate that moto has all droids locked down.

  • Amd683

    Ill just stock woth bionic since i get 1year contract anyway

  • those hubs on the side look like the atrix… laptop dock?

  • Vire

    Oh boy. My OG Droid is really starting to look like a tech dinosaur. I figure by the time I’m eligible for an upgrade, we’ll be at what, Droid 5? Yeesh… this, my friends, is why we have Swappa.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…my contract is renewable in October…could THIS be my new Droid?

  • Igor

    Looks like Kellex you got your next April fool prank I mean HYPE-Bee-STING.

    We just got a new release date for Targa on Verizon from our “friends” at………..

  • Rizzidy

    F Motorola

  • David

    I just noticed that the date on the tagra screen says 1/18/10…. damn that was along time ago its already 3/15/11

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that product name does sound like it’s been recycled through the blogs many times in the last year.

  • EC8CH

    Targa with an unlocked bootloader please!

  • cyanobread

    “it’s time to get back to the family of phones that truly drives us to do what we do everyday” um i’m pretty sure htc phones are just as capable if not superior in certain cases.

    • Anonymous

      We’re talking about the “DROID” brand here. Incredible 2 is included in that. 😛

  • Anonymous

    Droid 3 with Motoblur buttons? That doesnt sound too good.

    • DBK

      Where do you see MotoBlur buttons? The D3 is off.

  • core

    i don’t get why there’s not softkeys on the X2.. wait.. i don’t get WHY there’s an X2 when it’s squeezed under the bionic and now the targa there don’t seem to be a need for this device. moto saturated they own line up it looks like.

  • Anonymous

    Blur is fine and actually necessary for the non-tech consumer who wants a more integrated experience than stock gives. What we need is an unlocked bootloader for the rest of us to have our way.
    At this point I think “Vanilla Android” is this community’s equivalent of “the WiFi’s”. So many people complain about it and never run it and therefor don’t really know what they are saying. No, that custom ROM you are running is not “Vanilla” and if you are stock then you really have no place complaining. /rant

  • Anonymous

    Great working chopping up the info and pics. I have to say I preferred reading this over the Engadget article.

  • dshizzel

    The D3 definitely looks wider based on the placement of the soft keys. I held my D2 up next to the picture, and I’m betting it is indeed a 4″ screen.

  • Stephen D

    If the Droid 3 isn’t locked, I know my next phone.

  • Stephen D

    Who else noticed the Targa’s camera…13mp. I thought the next gen SOCs only supported up to 12mp. Impressive. That bulge is acceptable then.

    • Anonymous

      Where does it say 13 MP??????

  • Meh

    This isn’t the droid i’ve been looking for.

  • Gg101

    Do we have any idea what differentiates the Targa from the Bionic? Why would moto make 2 large screen LTE devices?

  • Gg101

    Do we have any idea what differentiates the Targa from the Bionic? Why would moto make 2 large screen LTE devices?

  • Mike

    well they just posted a pic of the D3’s keyboard on HowardForums and it has a dedicated number row! I’m defintely think this is my next phone.

  • Mike

    well they just posted a pic of the D3’s keyboard on HowardForums and it has a dedicated number row! I’m defintely think this is my next phone.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Moto,

    Please leave the “Chrome to Phone” to Google. I like my phones black, my Android Vanilla and my bootloader unlocked.

    Michael_NM

    PS: Maybe I’ll just tether my X to my XOOM for 4G…

  • Anonymous

    Dear Moto,

    Please leave the “Chrome to Phone” to Google. I like my phones black, my Android Vanilla and my bootloader unlocked.

    Michael_NM

    PS: Maybe I’ll just tether my X to my XOOM for 4G…

    • k$

      again with the “letters”

      stupid

      • Anonymous

        I like the way you “signed” yours. 🙂

    • ASDF

      Yeah you really need to rethink your reply strategy sir, these are getting silly and widely unnecessary. But on an on-topic note; I’m really hoping that the Targa will just be a Bionic without LTE…I live in rural Iowa so I doubt I’ll see 4G until sometime around 2025. But a dual-core, 4+” screen, and beastly camera would be a suitable replacement for my DInc (which I adore).

      • Whoever

        The back of the Targa says 4G LTE on it.

      • Whoever

        The back of the Targa says 4G LTE on it.

      • Anonymous

        not positive, but I believe the rumored specs for the DX2 have it with 3G, dual core, 4.3″ screen and decent camera (not sure if it’s the same or improved from the DX)

    • Anonymous

      I feel the same way about chrome and American cars. It makes everything look cheap, not classy.

      • Anonymous

        WOO WOO hold your horses, there Timoh lol I agree on most American cars but not the the American Muscle, Camaro, Mustang, and Charger. And, I do agree that Moto is hurting in the device design stage, and need to listen to the consumers 😛 Yes Chrome to phone 😛

  • Mike

    I was just saying the other day I wanted some D3 news and here it is. I’d like to see what the keyboard lolike and some specs but so far things are looking good.

  • RW-1

    At least they haven’t switched soft button locations again on the D3 … 🙂

  • D3 is looking pretty nice. I don’t know how I feel about that chrome bezel though, reminds me of my old EnV2.

  • Alvinm 77

    Not gonna lie this phone is sexy. Moto would get my money if it was unlockable. I think this should of been the DX2 as well. But oh well. Tbolt for the unlocked win!

  • Kevoskee

    After getting my thunderbolt on Thursday, I will wait until december to get a more matured dual core phone. Hopefully the Targa is a beast and it looks to have a 13mp cam, CRAZY GOOD

  • GoNoles

    Honestly, locked bootloaders is the entire selling point for me. I won’t buy another phone with one.

  • Anonymous

    targa looks great. i’d buy this over the bionic based on just looks. but did anyone notice the date on the targa? from last year. so maybe it will be out sooner than later. lets hope!

  • Malonzo85

    “This is a lot to take in on a Tuesday morning”<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<that's what she said

    • Malonzo85

      Thats what she said*

    • Rizzidy

      shut up

  • I want the DROID3 so bad.

  • TARGA REALLY SOUNDS FAMILIAR, hmmmmm, ohyea! TEEEEGGGRRRRAAAAAA!

  • Lucky04

    Targa looks cool, but why is the dat eon the phone 1/18/2010? So was this a concept phone, or just an idea? Or is the date simply wrong? I’m sold on the Bionic fo rright now, but i’d love to know more about this device 🙂

  • Bunie

    I see no Front-Facing Camera on the Droid3. I see a speaker, and an indicator light thingie.

  • Mrhug3

    Thinking the bionic was gonna replace my DX. Targa pics have me thinking otherwise. Besides, my xoom has stolen the spotlight in my rotation. I just might be able to wait…. Might be able..

  • The Motorola Targa looks like a beast! Too bad it will most likely have Ninja Blur. But will the boot loader be locked down? Moto needs to be true to the original Droid and return Vanilla Android to the D3.

    • Wes

      I’m almost positive the Droid 3 has Blur (the lock screen gives it away, and, if I recall correctly, Moto only uses that style of menu button on phones with Blur).

      • DBK

        The D3 is off in the picture above. Where do you see a lock screen? The lock screen is shown for the Targa only. That would mean the Targa has blur, as well as the DX2. And since one of them is supposed to be vanilla Android, that would just leave the D3. Which means I just found my next phone.

  • Anonymous

    Targa should be Christmas, or it’ll be stepping all over the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    The DX2 could look better. I’m liking that “Targa”!

  • Anonymous

    Oh sweet, hope the Droid brand is alive and strong come upgrade time (March 2012 since I got the Droid X at launch), gonna have some amazing stuff out by then so I’m trying to withhold phone envy with these new releases 😛 cuz at this rate, next year’s stuff will blow all this outta the water!

    • Fresh

      Doesn’t next years stuff always blow this years stuff outta the water…?

      • Although I love my Droid 2. It definitely didn’t blow the Droid out of the water. So in most cases you’d be correct but this time I think not.

    • Anonymous

      You mean the DX3 with quad-core processor and automatic butt wiper?

      • Calculatorwatch

        Why would I need an automatic butt wiper? That’s what I have an iphone for 🙂

        Note: I don’t actually have an iphone

        • Anonymous

          +1000

  • Mes215

    That Targa looks promising.

  • David

    The targa should be the new x in my opinion

    • Anonymous

      Completely agree.

      • Anonymous

        Little frustrating they’d make minor upgrades to the X and rebrand it as a sequel, who is Motorola trying to copy, Apple? 😛 Weirder still how they axed the shutter button, I hate using caeraphones without one haha well we’ll see what comes next, til next year I’m more than satisfied with my Droid X 😀

        • I decided to just by a DSLR a long time ago. The Droid 1 by far has the best camera for a phone I’ve ever used. But if I’m reviewing or even wanting to take a real picture, I grab a real camera. Speaking of. I’m in the market for a new DSLR, what would you guy’s recommend?

          • Waknatious

            You’ve got to be kidding. The camera on my wife’s DInc is way better than the one on my OGD. Way better. It’s the one thing I’ve never liked about this device.

          • Really. I love mine. You have to do some adjustments and dive into menus but you can get some great pics out of it. Their is also a really amazing macro feature. I’m not saying it’s the best camera, just better then I’ve used on a phone.

            ~Zephaniah Washington
            AGRS Tech News – Editor-in-chief
            Sent from my iPad.

          • Anonymous

            canon 7d all the way across the sky

        • I decided to just by a DSLR a long time ago. The Droid 1 by far has the best camera for a phone I’ve ever used. But if I’m reviewing or even wanting to take a real picture, I grab a real camera. Speaking of. I’m in the market for a new DSLR, what would you guy’s recommend?

      • Vanilla Ice

        Please God. Let there be a front facing camera on the x2. LTE will also be nice. Thanks God 😉 Really tho, IMO the DX is one of the nicest looking devices to far. Put everything that’s going to be in the Bionic into the x2, I will be the first in line. Or even maybe the DINC 2. We should see it next month since the OG DINC is not in the droid line up anymore. Anyone know if the DINC 2 will be LTE?

        • Whats the point of the X2?

          • Extending the life of accessories, mostly.

          • To be….. The DX2! I can see the ad campaign’s now.

        • Boarder

          I understand that the DInc2 is going to be a 3g version of the thunderbolt. No LTE expected.

      • Vanilla Ice

        Please God. Let there be a front facing camera on the x2. LTE will also be nice. Thanks God 😉 Really tho, IMO the DX is one of the nicest looking devices to far. Put everything that’s going to be in the Bionic into the x2, I will be the first in line. Or even maybe the DINC 2. We should see it next month since the OG DINC is not in the droid line up anymore. Anyone know if the DINC 2 will be LTE?

      • Its my next phone. We better get root on it fast though. I hate the new BLUR. Love me some stock!

    • Anonymous

      Do you really care what it is called? If you like the Targa then buy that when it is out. The name of the phone doesn’t actually impact the product itself.

      • Anonymous

        I think he means they should have just left out the X2 and sold this phone as the successor to the DX, or at least that’s what I would have done. I mean it looks like a upgraded version of the DX, while the DX2 looks pretty much the same.

      • Anonymous

        neither does the look of a phone…but you cant convince some people otherwise

    • Anonymous

      Cannot wait for this PHONE!!!…I had nothing to look forward to until this. (BIONIC was intriguing but I was not salivating) I have a DX

  • Wow. Those are some sexy new phones.

  • JohnPA2006

    SON OF A >>>>>
    and now I have this iphone for another 19 months.
    I’ll wait for the Droid4
    Still use my OG Droid on wifi. its still a great device.

    • Anonymous

      But you knew there would be other options when your bought it… It’s not like you thought they would end device production with the Thunderbolt, I hope.

    • Jboogie1289

      FAIL!!

    • Anonymous

      To be less of a dick than my other post though. If you really wanted to upgrade later I’m sure you’ll have no problem selling it off and buying a new android device off contract.

  • Fartbubbler

    firstnotfirst

  • Bknox

    Sweeeet D3