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DROID3 Poses Again, This Time With Keyboard Showing

The DROID3 made a surprise public appearance this morning and apparently wasn’t done.  A lot of of us were wondering how its keyboard would look under what appears to be a much thinner top piece.  I think it’s safe to say that we now know.  Five rows of fun, with an HDMI port just below it on the side.  Slap a stock Google Experience on this phone with a 4″ qHD screen and you  could have yourselves a major player here.  

Via:  Howard Forums

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  • It’s got an all-new qHD resolution 4-inch touchscreen, world roaming
    capabilities, and a beautifully designed 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

  • The Droid 3 is noticeably heavy, even for a phone with a 4-inch screen.
    It weighs in at 6.49 ounces, more than both of the old Droids. Motorola
    refers to the Droid 3 as the thinnest phone with a physical keyboard,

  • Android phones have feature-rich applications that are not included in
    other mobile phones, and are ready to take on the market. The best part
    of Android is that you have a number of options with you, and not only
    some of them.

  • Anonymous

    Why all phones have the back button right now? It belongs to one place, all the way to the left like the droid, which has much more meaning to what you get.
    Games for Adults

  • what that htc allignment

  • yeah..disqus..best commenting platform

  • Best comment of the day….

  • Anonymous

     the only thing thats holding me back is motoblur 

  • Anonymous

     the only thing thats holding me back is motoblur 

  • Anonymous

    blur or no blur either this or the “targa” will be my next phone

  • thatsINCREDIBLE

    SO WANT.

  • WANT.

  • Am I the only one who misses the D-pad on the original Droid? It made gaming with emulators so much easier.

  • sounds like i’ll be making a trip to verizon on release day

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Add 4G and this will be my next phone. {{-_-}}

  • Guest

    Can anyone help with the “tab” key above the “shift/caps” key, I have used it, but don’t know all its functions. and they made it wide for a reason,
    I have been able to Tab to a new text message, and do a few other tab functions but I haven’t been able to utilize it, any tips?

  • Anonymous

    Really, consistency is all that matters. The placement is all what you are used to. I went from og Droid to Droid 2, was minorly annoyed by the button change, but now it’s second nature. I’m more excited about the stock google experience comning back. Being a launcher pro user I don’t know how much of a difference it will make, and really the motoblur now only gives you additional widgets, feature than the all-invasive devour travesty.

  • Anonymous

    By wasting less space to the left of A and Z and to the right of L, they could make room for an extra key, which could have the apostrophe on first hit. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have an easy to reach apostrophe (see the E7 or the Xperia keyboards), and I don’t see why this nice Motorola keyboard shouldn’t have it. After all the apostrophe has a higher frequency of occurrence than several letters…

  • They’ve shed the angular iconic-ness that made the OG so badass looking 🙁 People still comment on my Milestone, because it looks different and sexy. How’d they lose that?

  • Jackson

    Will this be a world phone like the Droid 2 ?

  • Jackson

    Will this be a world phone like the Droid 2 ?

  • Fd2blk78

    Correct me if I’m wrong, if you run launcherpro, BLUR goes away right? Not goes away, but you know what I mean. So you would take everything off the stock launcher screens and run pro, walaa…

    Riiiight? Cus this phone looks sweet…flagship status

  • Unexpected62

    I’ve got the OG Droid now and seriously checking out this pics to make it my next one, because I want a keyboard. If it has HDMI out and a front facing camera I’d be pretty stoked to try it out. Of course I would rather not have Blur but if I can root and install a ROM that does it even matter?

  • Daniel

    Am I the only one who really preferred the screen design on the Droid 2 over the OG Droid? I think the chin is a weird look and I loved how they extended the top down to cover it perfectly.

  • Eholdenmob

    “Slap a stock Google Experience on this phone”
    One could only dream…

  • Really what is with the chin. I was hoping for a chinless droid 3.

    • Emily

      a Droid 3 w/o a chin wouldn’t be a Droid. =) the chin is the distinguishing element, like the Hero
      It’d be a Droid (Insert something)

  • Anonymous

    Wth!! Stock Google! HDMI out! 4″ screen! Keyboard!!!??? I NEED this phone! lol. What’s the specs compared too the Droid x 2?

  • Anonymous

    why does this not have 4G…thats just retarded. if it did it would be my next phone for sure…FML!!!

  • SMD

    Ah yes, business as usual. A rival (HTC) comes out with a new phone (Thunderbolt) and before we get a chance to go fall in love, another company (Motorola) “leaks” out a few upcoming goodies as if to say “are you sure you don’t wanna wait just a few more months for these pretty little things instead?” Gotta love it! She’s a beauty…just wish she was the D2G that came out last fall…then I would’ve gone for her. Oh well. No turning back now, I’m completely caught up in the storm.

  • H0ruza

    This looks like a better evolution than Droid 2 is and I’m happy with my Droid 2 so this looks like my next phone.

    I’m not going to wish for stock Android because it will never happen but a gig of ram or more, dual core or more, tegra 2 or better and one hell of a battery size and this will be a bad ass. Motoblur or not.

  • Anonymous

    I would rather have them lose the number row and use the same layout as the droid 2 global but spread out the keys even more

    • Emily

      I’d rather them drop the number row, squish the qwerty to a MotoQ keyboard so the finger movements are shorter, and add a 10key on the right.

  • Ys4cl

    I actually like the keyboard because it makes the phone more substantial. Colleagues have Atrix and Dx at work and I don’t like how their phones feel.

  • Hfdkjsh

    The perfect phone? For me, this could be it

  • Kickyindahead

    same keyboard as the droid 2 .. plus the number keys .. i like that .. depending on final specs.. this may just be my next phone!

  • benJA

    This one looks more high-quality build than the stuff that Motorola is pumping out now. I loved the quality and feel of my OG Droid, but I’m not one to fall for Blur or locked bootloaders, as almost any other reader here has already stated.

    Love the look though, and the build quality looks good especially when compared to some of the other plasticy-looking devices Motorola has recently debuted. Here’s to hoping it’s more worthy as an OG Droid replacement than expected…

  • Its so sexy… but it has motoblur.. fml

  • Anonymous

    I really like this as the possible next upgrade to my moto family, og droid, xoom, droid 3… I like it. One question why did moto take away the second alt key and shift keys? That has to be one of the best parts of the physical keyboard for me. Other than that I like it, hopefully it comes with an unlocked bootloader but if not its cool just another step when I go in and instal some custom blur/bloatless roms.

  • Eaturcrap

    I have the original Motorola Droid….
    I want this…….
    Give me it…..
    Now…..
    My contracts now up for 13 months….
    FML…..

  • Eaturcrap

    I have the original Motorola Droid….
    I want this…….
    Give me it…..
    Now…..
    My contracts now up for 13 months….
    FML…..

  • Eaturcrap

    I have the original Motorola Droid….
    I want this…….
    Give me it…..
    Now…..
    My contracts now up for 13 months….
    FML…..

  • Eaturcrap

    I have the original Motorola Droid….
    I want this…….
    Give me it…..
    Now…..
    My contracts now up for 13 months….
    FML…..

    • Emily

      Then you made an epic fail of buying the Droid right before the launch of the Droid 2.
      Next time visit here before making any future phone purchases.

  • looks sexy
    im actually considering this phone as my droid x replacement(as long as it has a 4′ screen though
    anything smaller and i will not consider it my new device(plus it HAS to be unlocked)

    • Guest

      Don’t think it’ll have a 4 foot screen, sorry.

  • Laser Maniac

    I want to see the back of this thing.

  • Anonymous

    I do not like to be a Debby Downer, but this phone will have blur, and this phone will only have a 3.7″ screen.

  • Greg

    a 4 inch phone with a keyboard.

    See you Thursday HTC Thunderbolt!

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully this one isn’t glued on like the others.

  • NB

    IT’S GOT A FAT LIP AGAIN!

  • NB

    IT’S GOT A FAT LIP AGAIN!

  • Randy Torres

    They finally got the keyboard right with a row devoted to just the digits.

  • Robertw

    I thought Verizon’s contract with LUCAS ARTS was up and they wouldn’t be renewing the Droid Nam on any new devices. Example HTC INCREDIBLE. Not Droid incredible

  • ravenlore

    Stock or Blur, the D3 was going to be my next device. Notice the past tense. Without LTE, this pretty little handset is a non-starter for me. 🙁

  • Wait…no BLUR????

  • Nairo

    Nexus S 4G or D3 ….. hmmm ?

  • Doc

    Does the extra number row equal a larger screen to cover them? I know Kellex stated 4″ so that seems plausible.

    Any chance this will be dual core? I’m guessing no since it’ll probably be 3G, but it would be nice. But wouldn’t releasing the same 1.2ghz as the D2G be a bit redundant? Maybe there is some hope! And if that is a front facing camera then maybe it will be 4G…maybe more hope?

    But you know what they say about hope and change! ;P

    • Anonymous

      judging from the pic and my droid in my hand…that looks like a 4 inch screen…sweet!

  • Nairo

    Nexus S 4G or D3 ….. hmmm ?

  • Why have a keyboard if it is going suck

    • Emily

      Because a phone with a keyboard that sucked (the OG Droid) beat the OG iPhone to 1 million sales by doing it in less that 74 days. Also was the best selling Android phone
      It’s second generation had a keyboard that sucked and it also sold very well.
      So…

  • Anonymous

    I love the look of that keyboard. But then I remember it has MotoBLUR and a locked bootloader. Come on Motorola, knock this one out of the park. My contract is close to done and I need a new phone…

  • Mth2134

    Hypebeast alive

  • FortitudineVincimus

    they lost me with the physical keyboard.

    • Alvinm 77

      Huh? Droid 1 and 2 had physical keyboards. Its only right that the Droid 3 would have one. Im not buying it tho. Just saying

  • axxis

    added number row but got rid of d-pad.. :/

    • Ray

      thats been gone since the droid2

  • Delanocathirell

    Well, atleast the keyboard looks better, but still waiting to se the specs. I keep mentioning that Moto really needs to look at HTC or hire a device designer with some creativity lol The Bionic and Atrix are way UGLY and this one is hinging on it.

  • drudo

    Not liking the silver rim on the side shot.

  • Anonymous

    Looks a bit too much like the other Droid keyboards. Give me some space between the keys and offset them.

  • Stephen D

    DO WANT! Please please please let this be a stock(or at least unlocked bootloader) device!

  • Bret

    Looks like the moved the USB port. The Droid, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global have all had it in the same spot, which has been great for me because my original Droid desktop dock works with all 3 phones. Now they have to go and mess it up!

    • Emily

      They’ve moved it to be compatible with the laptop docks that the Atrix and Droid Bionic will use.

  • Looks great, but too bad about that locked/encrypted bootloader and MotoBlur. That keyboard looks solid though!

  • Aw man, I had an OG, then a D2 global, and this will likely be my next device. I love the D2 keyboard and use it almost exclusively (weird, I’m one of the few, right?) and this one even has a numbers row. Does that little circle look like a sensor, or a front facing camera though? Looking at my D2, its a bit big to be a sensor, so let’s hope it’s a cam. Now if they can only make this puppy global (I’ve loved having the sim option while traveling abroad) and I’m in.

  • Kaufkin

    looks tempting… Stock Android (Blurless, Please!) w/ unlocked bootloader, and we can talk. otherwise, I’ll keep my D1, Until HTC comes out with the phone that tempts me, and Cyan / Pete come up with an update for it. 🙂

    • Emily

      My next phone is going to be what ever Pete gets.

  • Anonymous

    stock google? dream on boyz… this will run blur crap.

    • Kaufkin

      probably, and w/ a locked bootloader. and then I’ll wait for the “update” from one of the Dev’s, or go to HTC.. 🙂 *shrug* no big deal. Nice to see moto might slowly be getting the hint on keyboards though.

    • yep. those buttons belong to motoblur

  • Donstpete

    A dedicated row of numbers!!!!!!!!! Woohoo! Now this one I will buy. ’bout time!

  • Mr.Joe

    I LOVE where the space bar is. I hate phones that merge it with the letters. Get’s me all messed up.

    Now just give me a Dual Core CPU and a min of 2GB internal memory plus BLUR and you got a winner!

    • Cucabueno

      Plus BLUR? Huh?

      • Emily

        He’s joking. No one on earth in their right mine likes BLUR.

      • Emily

        He’s joking. No one on earth in their right mine likes BLUR.

  • Crud! Now I have to pick? Depending on the specs, my next phone is going to be either this or the SEX Play (Sony Ericsson Xperia Play).

  • Anonymous

    First Android phone in a while that has ZERO appeal to me.

  • Joeferb

    i feel like those keys look like they will pop off

  • Mikescalero

    Why didn’t they go with the physical keyboard style of their Droid Pro? This keyboard looks just like the D2, I give it a thumbs down.

    • Emily

      Because those blackberry keys on the Droid Pro won’t fit under the slider mechanism w/o making the phone fat, which defeats the whole point of the Droid sliders

    • Emily

      Because those blackberry keys on the Droid Pro won’t fit under the slider mechanism w/o making the phone fat, which defeats the whole point of the Droid sliders

  • WHY do all the phones have the back button over to the right now? It only belongs in one place, all the way to the left just like the droid, it makes much more sense to have it there.

    • Anonymous

      all 4 buttons on the original droid are in their best positions

      • Anonymous

        At least we can all agree that the Nexus S button order is terrible…

      • Mike

        I agree OG Droid and Nexus One had it right.

    • Mlbphillies20

      Home, menu, back, search= best alignment

      • Anonymous

        Back Home Menu Search = best alignment

        • Mike

          Which phone has this alignment?

          • htc’s devices

          • OG droid and HTC devices

          • OG Droid has Back Menu Home Search. I know because I’m looking at one now.

          • Emily

            Previously I thought this was the best alignment. VZW replaced my Droid with a D2 and after getting used to it I now think that Menu Home Back Search = best alignment.

      • Stephen D

        Menu home back search or the OG droid’s are my favorite. I like both. The Nexus S’s is awful. HTC’s is ok, but I don’t like it that much.

    • Anonymous

      They need to make an of droid menu bar sticker that we can paste over these ugly buttons and then use that application. That kellex posted along time ago that lets you switch the alignmemt of the buttons.

    • SetNick

      No offense to right-handed people at by this statement….But most products are typically made for righties. My guess is the original droid was designed by a right-minded/artsy person or people that are left-handed. i could be wrong…just a thought.

  • Jon

    I swear if the LG enV touch had been an Android device it would have been the second best VZW phone over the last year behind the DInc.

    Looks good, wish I could try out the keyboard, didn’t like the D2’s too much. Still wish HTC had the Merge with 4G.

  • Mlerota

    If I can have stock android on this, I will sell my HTC.

  • They do this with the right specs and i’ll get it when my contract is up for renewal.

  • The350zWolf

    Oh yeah, definetely D3 will be my new droid… :^)

  • man you guys must of been brutal to your D1 keyboards….I will say after about 2 months I got used to the onscreen keyboard that I dont use the standard one. I do like to open it to add stability when I am playing angry birds with one hand, and when doing passwords.

    • balthuszar

      i originally bought the OG because of the physical keyboard…but after using the on screen keyboard, then shapewriter, then swiftkey, and now swype, i never open my keyboard…i do like that hte keyboard adds that extra weight though, so depending on specs compared to the DI2, this may be my next phone

      • The only time I opened it is when I play game using PSXDroid. I think I am going to buy a keyboard-less Android phone next time.

  • NorCalDroid

    It will have blur by the menu button icon. That’s a blur button

    • Adio84

      yup looks like it might be born with AIDS….i mean blur

      • Alvinm 77

        LMFAO!!!!!! Best comment of the day…

    • Blury

      I’ll return to my RAZR before I touch motoblur.

      • Anonymous

        God you anti-blur people are such melodramatic clowns.

        • Destin4death

          Couldn’t agree more seeing as all the other mfg have overlays also that look like crap (IMO) and slow the device down.

  • Anonymous

    Major Player != Physical Keyboard.

    Must be burned.

  • M. Nelson

    Wow Finally A Keyboard With Dedicated Number Keys. Definitely Getting This One!

    • Adio84

      guess you never heard of the epic

      • M. Nelson

        Guess iHaven’t.

  • They look like they are separate buttons, and not just a giant sticker on top of the device like in the OG! THANK GOODNESS!!! I’m on my 3rd Droid OG because the stupid keys keep ripping!

    *Crosses fingers* please be dual core!!!!

  • They look like they are separate buttons, and not just a giant sticker on top of the device like in the OG! THANK GOODNESS!!! I’m on my 3rd Droid OG because the stupid keys keep ripping!

    *Crosses fingers* please be dual core!!!!

  • Anonymous

    On the keyboard, there is the Euro, Pound, and Yen symbol. Maybe this sucker is a global phone?

  • Anonymous

    On the keyboard, there is the Euro, Pound, and Yen symbol. Maybe this sucker is a global phone?

  • Anonymous

    i really really really really like the keyboard

    • Anonymous

      the added number row is a great plus

    • Anonymous

      the added number row is a great plus

  • Anonymous

    Please be stock & come soon!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Please be stock & come soon!!!!!

    • if its stock, it’ll definitly my new phone.. specially if moto goes with an unlocked bootloader.

  • Anonymous

    OG Droid kicks this thing’s arse in the cosmetic department.

  • Anonymous

    Man… this thing just keeps looking uglier and uglier.

    • Fartbubbler

      kroger. compared to the DX and the upcoming Bionic, it sure does.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget the Targa

        • targa is just a render right now no official image

          • Destin4death

            Wrong, that pic on the float is NOT a render it is of an actual device. They just took 4 separate pics and put them all into one pic in photoshop seeing as a few things need to be blurred out so it could not be traced back to the person who has the device.

            Either way Targa will be a beast compared to anything we’ve seen so far this yr.

      • Animatedragin

        to each their own. I like the droid physical form factor better than the D2/d2g. the bionic looks like an iphone to me, so while it looks sleek, its a bit too rounded for me. and last thing I want is for ppl to keep revering t my phone as an iphone.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t like the Bionic’s design personally, definitely prefer this.

    • Anonymous

      I think it looks good, much better than the Droid 2 and the specs on it are killer.

      4″ qHD (same as the Atrix)
      OMAP 4430!!!
      1 GB ram
      HDMI port
      improved keyboard

  • Andrew Hewitt

    My next device.

  • Roberto Taylor

    Looks like the same ugly flat keyboard the original Droid had… 🙁

    • Dreedy Android

      Actaully (to me) it looks like this keyboard has alil more definition to it compared to the OG and D2

    • Nothing wrong with that!

    • Nothing wrong with that!

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Anonymous

      No it doesn’t, not at all.

    • Michael Scrip

      Except it has a number row.

      That’s hot!

    • Anonymous

      I have an og droid and no, no it doesn’t.

    • 1fffffdd

      The OG Droid keyboard is sexy 😉