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Exclusive: First Pictures of the DROID 4 by Motorola

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Keyboard lovers, get ready – the DROID4 by Motorola is coming and according to our sources, has the best slideout they have “ever seen on a smartphone.” In this set of glamour shots we received, you can get a taste for what’s to come which means ultra-thin slider with DROID RAZR styling and wait for it….4G LTE. You asked for it and Moto appears to have made it.  

Spec breakdown:

  • 4″ screen (assuming Super AMOLED Advanced)
  • Full 5-row “illuminated” keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing

Sexy device, right there. No word yet on processor, but will bet that it has at least the 1.2GHz OMAP4430 that the RAZR has. Would not doubt it if it had something newer though. Haven’t heard of a release time line – all others in the DROID keyboard series seem to be getting the summer treatment. However, this phone looks like it might be done. See all of that bloatware already up and running?

This device was rumored to be codenamed Maserati a few weeks back.

Gallery below.

Cheers ___!

  • Maybe they will offer us Xoom owners a discount on Xoom 2 in place of the LTE upgrade.

     

  • Anonymous

    My two wishes for this phone, Global capabilities and NFC! 

  • I hope this is just a model. {{-_-}}

  • Racer9

    Gah, I want a new QWERTY phone, don’t screw this up Moto.

  • Out of contract on an Incredible and every few months I switch back and forth from Inc to my OG Droid cause i miss the keyboard.

    These companies are playing with my emotions and my wallet! Nexus looks delicious, Razr look fantastic and now they spring this on me? I need rehab.

  • Anonymous

    If the bootloader is locked then it is just a paperweight…

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know what’s going on with that white thing between the “x” and “c” keys?

    • Anonymous

      backlight leak or reflection of camera flash

  • akhi216

    For the people who bought the Droid 3, or settled for another device because the Droid as it is here wasn’t available, you should be mad at Verizon and not Motorola, because it’s Verizon who taps Motorola on the shoulder and ask them to make a device with xyz features. So said @black_man_x here:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/rumored-devices/129626-droid-4-already-first-alleged-pixs-2.html#post1372642

  • Anonymous

    I actually miss the gold d-pad thing on the og Droid. I’m not a fan of the directional arrows. Bring it back.

    • Anonymous

      Eh.  I give them props for creating a keyboard that doesn’t require you to reach with the right hand in order to type.  The directional pad was okay, but it really wasn’t efficient use of space – and I found the vertical rectangle orientation (rather than a square) displeasing for use as, say, a game pad.

  • Anonymous
  • akhi216

    Motorola is starting to establish themselves as a premier maker of keyboarded phones. The keyboard on the OG Droid was rubbish; I passed on it because I couldn’t see myself typing on that crap. HTC used to be the king of keyboarded phones but lately, their keyboarded Android phones in general have been lacking, as none of them have a dedicated number row (since the G1) or screens bigger than 4″. The keyboard on the OG Droid was virtually unusable, which led many owners of it not want a keyboard and thus move on to keyboardless phones.

  • Battle Geek

    Google and Motorola are about to go on an Droid churning cycle is there any companies in doubt they should see what Motorola has done before. They probably wouldn’t go to sleep. When they update the current range, they will be a big threat to the rest of the competition because they compete at all levels and more importantly price.
    http://www.gadgetrophy.com/2011/09/top-10-popular-motorola-handsets.html

  • Anonymous

    Release date pleaseeee. I miss my og droid & keyboard. I want the nexus but if this coming around Christmas I can wait.

    • Myjoansie

      Dec 8th, and is 50 higher than any other battery but all phones will bite the big one when the Dinar a hits end of Dec..sorry no keyboard, that would have been a dream come true, I’m note buying any. I’m still using my of. Droid
      Joansie

  • Joshua Estell

    Big question for me is:  NFC?  If the answer is yes, I’ll have one, please.

    If not – why not, and why on earth is Motorola willing to stay behind the curve on this technology?  Does anyone question that NFC will be the vanguard of a revolution in POS commerce? 

    • akhi216

      Half the people who buy NFC-enabled don’t even use it.

      • true no one really use the NFC…but if this has it, its futureproof

  • Joshua Estell

    It is probably a UAT unit given to a vendor engineer – and some people are just hell on phones.  

  • John Hall

    Is it not odd that the pictures show wear on this “brand new phone”? If you look at the power button and the ports, they look well-used. I find that peculiar for a phone with the sticker still over the screen.

  • Anonymous
  • Rrrichard

    i wanna know (1) battery volumn; (2) RAM size; (3) with Webtop? (4) ICS ?

  • Seriously? Soft keys? ICS is hitting the market in less than a month and they’re still making a phone with those. Huge bummer. 

  • Anonymous
  • Firstdroid

    I belive that a battery in the phone can be viewed by big brother and others, being paranoid, I did appreciate taking the battery out when I needed to go places.  Having said that, the Droid 4 is almost everything except the competition is the Denara.  Pulling my hair out 4 inches vs 4.5 and 8 mp vs 13…..but no keyboard is a hell equal to the smaller mp and inches…….I’m using the first droid,  aaaaaahhhhhhhhh what to do what to do…..
    joansie

  • I read on phandroid that the RAZR had a 4460 and was confirmed by the moto dev site.

    • akhi216

      No. It’s a 4430.

  • Hurfdurf

    If they’d add the camera button back, this would be perfect…

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful, at last a Motorola QWERTY with standalone apostrophe key!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this one will be a global phone. The Droid 3 was one. 

    • Mpickup9

      You and I and ten other people have asked this question…apparently the editor must think its not a cool enough question to dignify a response…

  • If this is true then why do they always just miss the mark on every single follow up to the OG! I want a keyboard so bad but the D3 had no LTE and lacked the RAM. Now this D4 doesnt have a removable battery? So when 4G destroys my battery I have no choice but sit by my charger instead of popping in a new battery, GAY!!!! I’m a power user who destroys batteries. Im on the go so I dont have time to be tethered to a wall outlet. Way to miss the mark again Moto! By the way I’m a current Bionic owner and I’m about to dump it on ebay because the battery (in my opinion) sucks and the constant data drop outs With that nice Costco accessory bundle plus some I should make most if not all the money I need to buy off contract. Galaxy Nexus please hurry! 

  • Anonymous

    Sounds to me like they might jsut be onto something dude.
    web-privacy.no.tc

  • Dfgkdflgjk

    Droid 3 looks great already!!!!!!!! give me 1GB Ram, then we will talk

  • Anonymous

    Yummy, this is the Droid I am waiting for 🙂

  • Smith Lenerd

    why can not see my comments?

  • Smith Lenerd

    yeap, i love this~
    but why no price?

    • Anonymous

      Because it wasn’t announced yet?

  • Chucklehead

    WTF?? What is the new thing with non-removable batteries?

  • Could just be the reflection but the colors don’t pop quite enough to be super amoled.

  • I hope this is the one with the unlockable boot. {{-_-}}

  • Mike Ampaabeng

    I just came.

  • brandon holley

    Lol well it is a yearly thing. Motorola will release “Droid” phones yearly probably. If you look at the history closely it always comes out with the latest iteration of Android OS so you can expect it to have Ice Cream Sandwich. I personally am looking forward to a nexus device with motorola considering Google did aquire them.

  • Comando

    Does it bother anyone else that when you zoom in on the picture of the bloatware, it looks like a pentile screen? I hope I’m just imagining this, but it’ll suck pretty hard if it actually does.

  • Anonymous

    Thats ridiculous..they just released the Droid 3.

  • christian cerda

    best android phone I’ve seen yet! the best part is it doesn’t look anything like the iPhone! Too bad its 4g! i don’t wanna be paying 50 extra each month!!!!!

    • 3G or 4G doesn’t matter, data is data from Verizon.

  • I think I threw up when I saw that bloatware 

  • TheVoHo

    I think its a mistake how all the new phones being released are starting to have non-removable batteries. Instead of spending $50 on an extended battery, I just bought 3 extra standard phone batteries for my Droid 2 for $3.50 each (They actually work good and aren’t knock-offs), and a standalone battery charger for $14 off of amazon. This makes it more convenient for me to switch the batteries out and getting basically an instant charge rather than waiting for it to charge on its own. They need to bring removable batteries back!

    • brandon holley

      uhm it was only just one non removable battery and that was the droid RAZR. Secondly that could have been just a gimic for a slim phone. And last but not least this article is pure speculation about what it could have. For god sake man this will come out next year and it says it will be running 2.3.5? It would atleast be running 4.0 by then. take this with a grain of salt and look for more concrete evidence.

  • I think its a mistake how all the new phones being released are starting to have non-removable batteries. Instead of spending $50 on an extended battery, I just bought 3 extra standard phone batteries for my Droid 2 for $3.50 each (They actually work good and aren’t knock-offs), and a standalone battery charger for $14 off of amazon. This makes it more convenient for me to switch the batteries out and getting basically an instant charge rather than waiting for it to charge on its own. They need to bring removable batteries back!

  • Anonymous

    From a Droid 3 owner, it would need to have a pretty big increase in specs to make me jump for it.
    I do like the fact that the punctuation symbols have been put on the number row – that is a good idea.

  • Pennywise

    OMG where was the coverage on this while I was champing at the bit to get the Bionic (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE btw).  THIS looks like it will be my Bionic’s successor. 

    Also looks like qHD Pentile OLED to me; kind of too bad because I really like being able to use my Bionic outside in the sunlight.

  • Well damn, a slider I actually like.  Although I just got a Dinc 2 a month ago.

  • Wendnrein

    Disliking the non removable batteries- so when it freezes like my OG Droid exactly how many hours am I going to be waiting til the battery dies an I can force a reboot? This is the only reason I won’t be getting this device. Makes me sad this is the one I have been waiting on, with an awesome keyboard 🙁

    • Wendnrein

      Sorry- Hadn’t read comments about the Left shift + left alt + delete = phone powers off and on instantly, even if frozen.    But still being locked in a contract for 2 years and not being able to replace the battery causes me great discomfort, esp. since I am a cheapskate and don’t get the insurance. 

      • $600+ to replace a phone off contract? I’ll pay the 6 or 7 bucks for insurance/extended warranty and know I’m not screwed down the road. 7 bucks is not that big a deal.

    • comando

      read the top right corner sticker, it doesnt matter if its frozen or not, a hardware rebbot will always work…

      • Anonymous

        Hardware reboot has failed for me in the past

  • RW-1

    Although still on the OG, I’m not going to miss my physical KB< I didn't use it as much as I thought I would, aside from holding "X" to go to recovery ….

    However, not on ICS, it's motos idea of cashing in on the RAZR for people who want a slider.

    PASS, and make 'em make one with ICS on it…

  • Aartvark

    I’m over 2 years on my OG Droid – and just bought a new battery.  Was disappointed with the D3 and hoping that the D4 would be worth waiting for.  So far I think my wait has been worth it.

  • Anonymous

    At this rate, the Droid 5 will be released next month.

    • Anonymous

      Already released. It’s dropping tomorrow.

  • Scott

    Did anyone notice that there will be no ledge on the bottom (right side if holding landscape) of the phone anymore? There has been that little 1/4 inch wide ledge on the OG, D2 and D3. The pictures show that there will no longer be a ledge. Almost exactly the razr, but with a slide out QWERTY.

  • Anonymous

    The non-removable battery scares me. There have been many times I couldn’t get my phone to reset without popping the battery out. With Moto’s horrible software ROM, how can we expect this not to happen a couple times? Also, whats the point.

    • Anonymous

      The point is thinner phones if you can work the internal devices around the battery cavities not worrying about a nice rectangular void.

      There is a key-sequence to do a hard reset.  As far as I can tell the only valid claim for removable battery is if you want a swap-out spare.

  • Knightcrusader

    Locked Bootloader? No thanks.

    Otherwise, I’d jump on this in a heartbeat! My Stratosphere and custom kernel work just fine for me. 🙂

  • 4 inch screen with a small bezel i believe is my sweet spot for me. i’m not sure if I can wait on this but I could see myself buying it outright and selling my (Razr/Nexus) not only is it the perfect screen size, but there’s something nostalgic about have an OG Droid series.

    here’s to unlock bootloader (doubtful) oh well.

  • Anonymous

    Like the look! Hate the fact display no mater how “advanced” and AMOLED it is, will be pentile matrix (clearly seen on one of the close ups). But even more I hate the decision to add dedicated caps lock button and to move the sym button off the corner. D3 keyboard is better laid IMO. 
    Screen feels like 4.3 inch (same as on the RAZR), if so – pentile patterns will be more visible 🙁 wish screen was RGB..
    As long as battery can do 6 hours constant use, non-removable isn’t huge concern for me.
    And lets hope it has got at least a gig of RAM this time!

  • Cherielee63

    which cell companys will carry it?

    • akhi216

      Cricket, MetroPCS, and US Cellular. /sarcasm

      Verizon will carry it…did you really have to ask that???

  • Anonymous

    Its already obsolete. I’m waiting for the Droid 5 with ICS and a removable battery. Its due out in March. I’m sure the Droid 5 will be obsolete by June though.

    • brandon holley

      dude……………………….it wont come out for a while. Just like when you saw the pics of the galaxy nexus leak in like July? This probably wont drop till february. IT will have ICS solely due to the fact that google will send out the ICS build to all manufaturers by the end of january.

    • akhi216

      At this rate the thin supermodel smartphone trend is moving, I highly doubt that the Droid 5 will have a removable battery. Until we, the consumers, start spending money on bulkier phones with full features, they’re gonna continue to push the supermodel phones down our throats. The things is that they have to remove features to make the phone slim, and this results in unremovable batteries (Droid RAZR, this) and lack of sd card slots (Galaxy Nexus). Sooner or later they come up with some wild wireless technology to replace HDMI slots and we won’t have internal memory storing everything in the cloud lol. It’s only a matter of time before Samsung, LG, HTC, and others make efforts to follow this trend. They’re not gonna just sit there and let Motorola have the bragging rights to being the maker of “The World’s Most Thinnest Smartphone/Slider Smartphone.”

  • Rob

    Wow, I just got my Droid 3 in late July, now they’re coming out with the Droid 4 which is what the Droid 3 should have been in the beginning….unbelieveable Motorola and Verizon. I hope there’s a special upgrade offer for the Droid 4,  for those of us that bought the Droid 3, suffered through 2 months of buggy software until the end of September only to find out at the end of October that it’s going to be replaced by the Droid 4.

    • D.

      No offense, but go ask Bionic owners how they feel about the RAZR… or how ’bout the original Droid 2 users and the D2G being released about 2 months later? It’s nothing new, and don’t expect to get any special treatment… the rest of us didn’t.

      • akhi216

        We will both get special treatment when Verizon gets that Droid Loyalty Program underway.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure it will be a great phone (with tons of bloatware), but I’m not waiting any longer, NEXUS NEXUS NEXUS!BTW – look at those pixels, yuck!  why does my OG droid screen look better? I can’t see any individual pixels with the naked eye

  • Stephen D

    Keyboard looks worse than the D3’s. And I’m not a fan of the design. 

    • D.

      I have to disagree – my thoughts are that it is finally the kind of keyboard I’ve wanted on VZW since they started carrying Androids. Now, whether it will work as nicely as it looks… well, that remains to be seen.

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      Lmao, what?  This and the D3’s keyboard are glorious.  But, people have different taste I suppose.

  • Chris

    I really dont see why people get so mad, sell your droid 3 or bionic or whatever on ebay for $300-$400 and buy this for $600 and your pretty much paying the same price and its like paying contract price

  • Tyga

    So basically, everyone that bought a Bionic and now a Droid 3 just got screwed?

    • No, everyone who can’t afford to pay full retail price for a new phone that just bought a bionic and Droid 3 just got screwed. 

    • Anonymous

      Of course. Welcome to the world of Android.

  • Why did i just get a droid 3 like a month and a half ago then? This is total crap, now the D3 may not even get ICS……where is my love Moto? Why did i pay $200 for this phone?

    • Because you like to make people laugh at you for not waiting to late fall/holiday season for a phone like normal people. 

      • Or maybe my Droid x wouldn’t turn on anymore and Verizon couldn’t fix it, and they said my warranty was up, so i had to get a new phone.

        • Anonymous

          Nothing like having a phone die after a year and buying another Droid from the same manufacturer. The jokes on you.

  • for a second or two I thought about getting this instead of the galaxy……its going to be no different than the d3 i already have, oh yes, a bit slimmer…..BIG deal

    • Chris

      slimmer, 4g, ice cream in a few months

  • Anonymous

    Anyone have a guess for a release date?

  • Nathan Hosford

    They need to slow down and make a great phone instead of pumping out phone after phone.

  • Anonymous

    a razr with slide qwerty keyboard too bad its CDMA and verizon only no worldwide GSM… i hope that it get the same feature as the razr

    • akhi216

      It’s a safe bet that they’ll make importanle GSM versions.

  • Cmonnats23

    Gah! I really like the keyboard phones… I have the d2 and before that i had the enVtouch. I was set on selling out on the keyboard scene for a pure google and ics experience, but now… i dont know. i did like the sleekness of the RAZR. what do you guys think? i have never once had to yank the battery on the D2, so thats not an issue for me… what do oyu guys think?

  • rrosotho

    Whats up with the non removable battery?

    • Anonymous

      My guess would be that in order for Moto to get the slim design factor in this phone and the Razr the device had to be built around a battery that is tucked nice and tight inside the inner workings of the phone itself.. Just a guess though.

      • rrosotho

        Ok good point and slim design are where phones are going now. But what if i have to do a hard reset? or is it necessary to do a hard reset with the ICS? 

        • Anonymous

          Li-ion batteries only last about a year. After that the phone is junk. But the way things are going, after a year most Android phones are obsolete junk anyway with a year left on their contracts.

          • Loki4Droid

            I have to disagree about the batteries.  My OG Droid is almost 2 years old and still running on the battery that came with the phone.  I have noticed that I need to have a charger available if I am going to be watching netflix on the phone for any length of time.  But I believe it is because I have it rooted and overclocked to 1.0ghz.  The back of the phone can get very warm when I am playing a graphics intensive game or watching video.  But even with it overclocked, if I am just using the phone normally I usually get 6-8 hours before it is dead.

        • Pennywise

          Just like the XOOM, if the device locks up, you don’t need to open your phone and d!*% with the battery any more; you just push a butt on the phone that basically does a battery pull for you.  It’s a nice feature if you think about it and one that I would like to have included on phones that have removable batteries.

    • Anonymous

      I’m wondering the same thing.  It’s not like battery life in the new Android phones has dramatically improved. 

  • nydrumboy

    I wouldn’t want a non-removable battery. The first thing I went and bought for my D3 was the extended battery, which wouldn’t be possible with the D4; and, I find that I still need to pull the battery a couple of times a week.

    • none

      They will probably have some other process to fix issues if pulling batteries are a thing of the past. Its not a dealbreaker. Very nice. Pentile sucks but that keyboard is nice. 

    • Pennywise

      Just like the XOOM, if the device locks up, you don’t need to open your
      phone and d!*% with the battery any more; you just push a button on the
      phone that basically does a battery pull for you.  It’s a nice feature
      if you think about it and one that I would like to have included on
      phones that have removable batteries.

  • GotSka81

    Am I the only one that sees the pentile on that screen?  Maybe it’s just the screen protector…

    • Pennywise

      Not the protector. You’re seeing the less-than-OG-droid-sharpness on straight edges from the pentile matrix, and the god-awful over saturation of colors from the (garbage) OLED display tech = the D4 looks to have a Pentile OLED display.

  • I’ll stick to my rooted, unlimited 3G Droid 3 with a removable extended battery. This thing is blazingly fast and I have no complaints with 3G speed in my area.

  • Matt2783

     “but will bet that it has at least the 1.2GHz OMAP4430 that the RAZR has.”
    I thought it was confirmed the Razr had the 4460?

    • Anonymous

      razr has 4430

  • Android One Eight Hundred

    Droid ‘4’ without Android ‘4’.0? Missed opportunity there Motorola.

  • Mpickup9

    Kellex,

    Will this be ma global phone?

  • Eric Hedden

    Why is there a “caps lock” key? Shift+shift = caps…

    • akhi216

      Some people like convenience.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they’d stop releasing phones until they can sell them with ICS preloaded. Otherwise it is last years OS!!

    • Anonymous

      Agree especially if this isnt coming out until the summer ICS should be standard

      • Lgreg64

        if it comes out in the summer it will have ICS. but company’s still need to make hardware will they wait for software.

  • Michele

    Global ready?  Anyone know?

  • Billy Jenkins

    Whats with the new phones having non removable batteries? Thats one of the many features of Apple that I hated. are they trying to get sued by Apple?

  • Anonymous

    what are you supposed to do when it starts boot-looping and can’t pull the battery???

    • Anonymous

      Vol-down & Power for 10 secs = battery pull.

  • jnt

    looks like pentile again?

    • Pennywise

      Yup

  • I Thought the RAZR was the OMAP 4460, same as the Nexus…Turns out the MotoDEV site is listing the 4430… hmmmmm…. http://developer.motorola.com/products/droid-razr-xt912/?pubid=987654

  • But does it have KEVLAR

  • Chris Sandoval

    Make it a 4.5 inch 720p HD screen and pre loaded with ICS stock. And ill wait for the guy.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully it has 1GB RAM, unlike the Droid 3’s 512, which made the device sluggish.

  • Unless you’re rich there is no way to keep up with all these devices … No Way …

  • In six months this will look awesome sitting in my kitchen draw beside my Droid, Droidx and Droid3. LOL

  • Thanassi

    Everytime a new Droid comes out, I drool and get all excited and buy it on Day 1. Every model has surpassed its predecessor, and every model has introduced a new disappointment.

    With the D2 they made it faster/better keyboard but added BLUR
    With the D3 they made it faster/better keyboard/screen but left out LTE
    With the D4 they made it faster/better keyboard?/LTE but gave it an iphone battery.

    Wtf? We querty folks can’t win. In my opinion this device should be a flagship like the D1 was for Verizon in ’09.

    #endrant. Im still gonna buy it though. Incremental goodness is better than nothing.

    • Thanassi

      Oh, and I just noticed, they took away the motherf*ckin “@” symbol next to the space bar. #FAIL

  • Bewara2009

    Everyone calm down about not having ICS, Any phone that comes out from Motorola will have ICS out of the BOX… SO please STUF about the ICS.. 

    • Bewara2009

      Starting Next year…. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe if they are lucky.

  • Alexander Garcia

    LOL now I’m really convinced that ol’ Kell has insiders on Motorola AND Verizon!  😉

  • Anonymous

    I’ll never understand carrier exclusivity. Motorola should be making this phone for every carrier out there instead of only Verizon. The whole success of Samsung’s Galaxy S phones was that they were on all of the national carriers and most of the regional carriers too. Now the iPhone is on almost all of the US carriers short of T-Mobile, now they’re going to reep the benefits of sales without the increased manufacturing cost of having multiple designs. But here is Motorola still making phones on a carrier specific basis. If Motorola made a Razr for all US carriers and a Milestone 4 for all major carriers and then went on to develop the next gen that would streamline their whole process, cost less money in the long run, and would help them build their brand recognition of the few lines they’d have. Not to mention would help them keep up with Android updates. Idiots. I’m no CEO, and efficiency makes sense to me.

    • Anonymous

      moto does make all their phones worldwide. Droid 3 and razr both have worldwide counterparts

  • Scott

    No removable battery = FAIL, unless they plan on improving battery life big time.  No ICS 6 months to a year from now!  What’s the point?

    • Bionic

      actually they were saying most phones will get it early in 2012

      • Bewara2009

        any phone that comes out from moto will have ICS out of the box, starting early next year.

        • Bionic

          Well all i know is that there was an article saying that Bionic will see ICS likely in FEB

  • Droid 4 without Android 4 is just sad.

    • akhi216

      They could decide to call it the Droid 3 LTE or the Droid HD. Everyone thought that the Droid RAZR was the Droid HD but that turned out to be a misconception hence the lack of a 1280 x 720p display on it, thus this could be the Droid HD. Remember last year when they released the Droid 2 Global shortly after releasing the Droid 2; I don’t think anything’s changed.

  • FINALLY! Everything I’ve been holding my breath for in a phone since LTE hit the scene!

  • Tomgillotti

    This is the phone I WAS waiting for. After seeing this, it’s all Galaxy Nexus now. Look at all that unused space on the keyboard. Physical buttons? Once again, FAIL Motorola. No ICS? 4″ screen is alright, but would have been better with no physical buttons…. Non-removable battery? My allegiance to Moto is officially dead. I guess having a good physical QWERTY phone died when the OG Droid went away….

    • Pennywise

      Did you miss the point made about folks who have used the D4’s keyboard saying that it was the absolutely best keyboard they have ever used in any phone, ever? Sounds like a big win for you QWERTYs out there.

    • akhi216

      First of all, the keyboard on the OG Droid is probably the worst keyboard on an Android phone ever. Everyone who’s used this keyboard say that it’s the best keyboard they’ve ever used. And how could it have ICS on it when ICS hasn’t even been released yet and won’t be released for almost another month?

  • Superior1

    I’m not picking this phone up, but I will say that it is gorgeuos. This reminds me of early renderings of the original droid back in early 09. This is what I originally wanted in the first one, but that goes to show that we were two years behind in advanced design. I know a lot of ppl will be interested in this phone for the keyboard alone.

  • TC Infantino

    Alright!!  This is the phone I have been waiting for.  Sorry RAZR and G-Nex (which…Samsung, I never liked their phones build look and feel) I love my OG Droid with the keyboard and I would have jumped on the D3 except it did not have 4G LTE, and the sorry amount of built in memory as well.  I will wait until the D4 hits the stores and be one of the first through the doors when they open.  “Now I am Happy…I’m gonna sit over here being happy”  (Ten points to the person who can tell me which movie that was from)

    Thanks Moto and Thanks DL for making my day.

  • Anonymous

    from a D1 to a D3, with 6 of my relatives i persuaded to get a D2G last yr, Im so tired of moto.
    D1 was awesome, but low on internal mem and RAM, otherwise the device was great.

    the mediocre ram on the D3 seems fine for now depending on how far software advances in the next 6mo.s, but the bloatblur is driving me nuts. it’s like a gorgeous bimbo thats bad in bed. and the screen looks horrible in bright light in that you can see a grid of boxes abt half cm sq all over it.

    battery life is nothing to impress on the D3 and i usually have to swap if Im out for most of the day w moderate use. I carry 2 spares just in case. Personally I beleive spares are a better friend than a charger or a battery that can last 3 days. Its an issue of, when the battery dies, how fast can u power back up. Nor do i have to hover by the wall or have a monstrous portable battery pack recharging my device. I can charge my spare while I roam free, 3 batteries are easier to carry than a charger any day. SO nonremovable is definitely a dealbreaker.

    i was ecpecting to be slightly disappointed in my D3, relying mostly on dev support on some amazing looking hardware, but the dev community obviously have too much on their plate and moto devices are far from priority. I love my keyboard on the D3, impossible to beat except by the D4, but Im going to leave my slider days behind.

    PASS!!… (typed up from my D3 Keyboard)

    • Bionic

      there are portable battery chargers out now that can charge my bionic 2 times and are smaller than my phone itself.  Best buy has them as well as amazon

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      Wow, my Droid 3 lasts at least 2 days with the extended battery after the OTA update with light-moderate use.  About a day with heavy use, but that’s rare that I use my phone that much.

  • Ken

    anybody else wish that if the company’s would spend half the time fixing and updating the devices they have out as they did cranking out new ones? 

  • What about mini-SD card slot? Any word on that? 

    • Bionic

      ive yet to see a motorola that does not have one

    • Anonymous

      You mean micro sd?

  • Anonymous

    I am not a hard keyboard fan but that is one bad ass keyboard. Motorola has really stepped up it’s hardware. I am hoping next year’s new Nexus device is a Motorola. The year ahead is going to be a whirlwind for Mobile devices. 

  • Anonymous

    Me Wantee!

  • Anonymous

    Bring back the chin!  LONG LIVE THE CHIN!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      The ‘chin’ is UGLY. Never liked the design of Moto’s phones, but hopefully they’re moving away from it.

      Now…if only they could get rid of the camera ‘hump’… -_-

  • Anonymous

    Man I feel bad for my friend who got the Droid 3.  I’m not going to lie, the Droid 4 looks pretty sweet. 

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty crazy. My Droid2 is like 13.5 months old. 2 successors have already been released, and the third is already being leaked!

    Not that it matters, since I’ll be getting the Galaxy Nexus. First non-keyboard device in my 7 year smartphone-owning life.

    • akhi216

      Googd luck with that. Enjoy making frequent errors, v-keyboards taking longer to pop up when apps are running in the background, v-keyboards shutting down on their own due to RAM mismanagement, having half of your screenc taken up to type, people making fun of your “custom grammar,” and forget about speed-typing with both hands in landscape mode.

      Enjoy mate!

      • Anonymous

        The vast majority of people do it all the time, so I guess I just figured it was time to take the training wheels off. The keyboard accuracy/prediction is supposed to be greatly improved in Ice Cream Sandwich, as it should be with Google’s purchase of BlindType. That, along with the 4.65″ screen on the Galaxy Nexus makes me think I’ll be alright…mate.

        • akhi216

          The vast majority of people who use keyboardless phones are ex-iSheep who are still iSheep at heart and people who bought the original Droid because the keyboard on it is crap, go figure.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t apply in my case. I’ve had 5 keyboard phones, my first in 2004. Clearly keyboard phones are now the minority, and I’m not going to be stuck to Motorola’s keyboard devices (like my current D2), or something like the Stratosphere.

  • Daniel Rowen

    ugh, non-removable battery is a terrible idea, I swap out batteries in my Droid2 all the time, esp if I forget to charge it overnight, I can pop in a new battery and be at 100% instantly…and stick the dying battery into a dock to charge it.  Also, why no physical camera button??? 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Moto should definitely look at putting their efforts into producing a high quality device, instead of 3-4 good devices.

    I think they’re going to piss more people off than they think. 

    The Nexus is my next phone, but I’m sure a lot of people are probably about tired of Moto releasing a new phone every few months.

    • Anonymous

      Well. They obviously spent plenty of time on the OGD. That’s why so many people got one. All the other “stuff” they released since was them milking the platform.
      The RAZR seems to be a new platform that they are going to milk for all other series of devices.

      This is the exact opposite of the Fruit Company’s way of doing business. They release 1 thing at a time and spend whatever the time required to do it right; even if the hardware is old by the time it’s out on the market.

      Android is more cut throat and competitive so companies can’t afford spending the time tiem fine tune a new product because another vendor will beat them to it.
      Moto spent some time on making the new platform with the RAZR so it’s a nice well made piece of equipment that will last you a while. And the GNex is the absolute latest tech in everything.(No shutter Lag camera, NFC, ICS and so on). You get to pick what’s more important.
      I’m sure Gnex will be a bit rough when it’s released and by the time they fix all issues Moto will be out with a device with NFC(hopefully they’ll have a faster camera to go with that as well). ICS will be available on all of these sooner or later. the best part is that unlike the fruit company’s products you get to make your own decsition on what’s more important to you.

  • Weskokemor

    Just when I thought I found the phone I want (Droid Razr), this thing comes out. I don’t think I can go to much longer with my OG Droid.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly how I’m feeling

      • Pennywise

        Lol – I ditched my OG for the Bionic and I am very happy. I live in a 4G market though which is a big help. Moto’s “Blur” is actually really nice; it crushes ‘sense’ now imo.

        I never used my KB on the OG because it was junk; really a awful keyboard.  THIS (D4) on the other hand looks amazing!

  • The non-removable battery is a deal breaker for me. I love my droid but it has frozen up on me sometimes and I can’t imagine it’s easy to do a restart without a battery pull.

    • Pennywise

      It is indeed easier to do a battery pull on this device than it is for the OG, or the Bionic, or the HTC’s.  Battery pulls work like they do on the XOOM: Vol-down & Power for 10 secs = battery pull (no matter how hung or looped up the device)

  • Anonymous

    WTF MOTO….I’ve been waiting for a keyboard slider forever, finally decided to buy the Bionic, then the RAZR.  WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME DEAL WITH THIS BROKEN OG STILL

    • Pennywise

      Should’ve jumped on the Bionic. No worries, you can’t go horribly wrong with the RAZR, GNex, or the Bionic; you are going to love any of these devices.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the Dinara? Are they trying to get rid of all their projects at hand before Google takes over or something! It was nice that they got rid of the chin, now give us acces to the battery….or it better be very damn good battery in there to lock it up….Where’rs the Dinara…..?

    Hopefully by the time it is release it’ll be let loose into the wild with ICS…..I’ll be getting the G-Nexus or the Razr…..The only way that I would get the Razr is if the battery last 10+ hours….

  • Doesnt the Razr have a 4460?

    • joejoe509

      4430. Nexus has a 4460. They released an in accurate spec sheet, the media got ahold of it, and then Moto quickly changed it back to 4430.

  • PyroHoltz

    Monkey butt…now I don’t know what I want.

    • Pennywise

      Sure you do; you want a Droid 4 (so do I :D)

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit a 4″ 4G LTE phone.

  • Crash_davis

    I’m done w/ Moto. Had the OG Droid.  Bought me and the wife Droid X2s.  No more.  I’ve had it with the locked bootloader nonsense and constant bugs like the music skipping on playback and the incorrect battery stats on 2.3.4 update.  HTC Rezound or Samsung Galaxy Nexus here I come.  Wow, I might buy a Samsung phone.  I feel dirty.  Shame on you Moto for making to go down this path.

  • Anonymous

    the huge gap between the keyboard and display is a turn off. makes the phone look a ton cheaper, especially after seeing the pic with the usb and hdmi ports.

    • Pennywise

      yea that pic looks weird; almost like one the display is off one of the tracks, or has already been bent by the user.  I feel confident that they won’t look like that when you unbox them ; )

  • Anonymous

    SCREEN RES? WHATS THE SCREEN RES?

    • Anonymous

      the screen is 4 inches so it can be assumed its NOT 720p.

      • akhi216

        It’s possible that they managed to squeeze a 720p screen in there to make it worthy of Droid HD nomenclature. It would make sense considering the fact that the original Droid put Android on the map.

    • Pennywise

      Looks like qHD Pentile OLED (same res as RAZR and Bionic – web pages look and read great on my Bionic for what it’s worth)

  • kevin

    Screw you Motorola. What a waste buying the Droid3. Waited forever for Droid 3 and you build a 4GLTE clone 3 months later. I’m done with you.

    • Anonymous

      should of saw this coming when droid razr pics started leaking out before the bionic was even released

    • joejoe509

      Yep. If you’re a Moto fan, you just gotta roll with the punches. Great phones, just obsolete in a matter of months…

    • Pennywise

      OG owner – Been waiting for a worth-while replacement to the OG but the Droid 2 and Droid 3 DEFINITELY weren’t it.  This, Droid 4, however is a whole other story 😀

  • Kiteless

    Baaaah! I got my Droid 3 right when it came out and already there is a Droid 4?! And LTE!?!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?! I kept thinking they would call it the Droid 4G. Oh well. The speed that new models come out is the blessing and curse of Android. 

    • joejoe509

      Mostly Moto’s problem – at least lately… Quick to make new models. Slow to update current ones.

  • Anonymous

    moto would use gingerbread instead of the latest version of android

  • This is too much. This should have been the D3. The D3 should have never existed and the could have use the money and resources from that into this device and get it out by the end of the year. Also, the Droid Bionic should have just been canned.

    They’re wasting so much time and money on devices to only have them replaced with the same device but better within months of each other much other not to mention its hard to market so many similar devices at once. They’re really shooting themselves in the foot with this n

  • Anonymous

    “this is what the last *device name* should have been”. so tired of hearing that. This year’s developments are going to be on phones that were being built last year. Get over yourself people.

    Now back to the post, Sexy phone. Too bad I dont care for a keyboard and I’ll be getting the Galaxy Nexus 🙂

  • Michael Allis

    It does run 2.3.5… so I don’t see why it wouldn’t be done. You’d almost assume that, at this point in the game, with ICS officially announced, we’d start to see leaks of other ICS phones.

  • Sebastian

    What is a SYM key? And why no NFC mentioned?

    • Anonymous

      This keyboard is laid out like a standard computer keyboard.  All of the special characters are in the standard place.

    • Anonymous

      Really guy??? What’s an SYM key? oh! hahaha sarcasm. Funny stuff.

    • joejoe509

      I don’t know… it must be some crazy Moto “symbolism” 😉

    • akhi216

      Symbol key guy. Really?

  • Sebastan

    And how great is this? I wait all this time for the Galaxy Nexus, and now I am tempted with the Droid4? Ugh, how long will I have to wait for this one?

    • Pennywise

      lol yea – this definitely looks nicer (to me) than the Samsung (read: cheap) Galaxy Nexus.

      • akhi216

        Agreed. I will never buy another Samsung product.

  • Where’s the ALT key? Or am I missing something? Having a Caps Lock key is pointless.

    • akhi216

      Look harder. There’s an Alt key there.

  • George Fayad

    To everyone complaining about rapid releases and that something must be wrong with the D3 and that we don’t want keyboards.

    A. Droid 3 fans complained about no LTE from day one. This is Motorola’s response to that. Be happy they responded so quickly.

    B. Nothing is wrong with the D3. LTE is just the current trend so Motorola is trying to give its users what they ask for.

    C. No matter how touch compatible an OS is, some people will always want their physical keyboard, myself included.

    This is a welcome upgrade for a lot of people who were waiting for a 4g LTE physical keyboard solution. The lack of removable battery is a disappointment, but I’ve had no issues with my D3 requiring me to replace the battery so I don’t really see the problem here. Not to mention these are leaked photos and specs and, as seen with previous devices, we really have no idea whats going to happen until the leaks are confirmed by Motorola. If you don’t like it, stop complaining and close the article.

    • akhi216

      Agreed. I wanted a phone that has a slide-out keyboard, a dual-core processor, and LTE. There wasn’t any available at the time so I got a D3 and Samsung 4G Mifi. Now I get to drop the Mifi line and sell it and get this.

      • Pennywise

        Agreed. I also “wanted a phone that has a slide-out keyboard, a dual-core processor, and LTE” so I DIDN’T buy the Droid 3 ; )

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  Gotta love how some people are like “All these phones are coming out too slow!  D3 and Strat are outdated!” and others are like “All these phones are coming out too fast!  D3 was just a few months ago!”

  • God damnit. I really want a keyboard. This or Galaxy Nexus?!?!

    • Pennywise

      Dual-core (I can’t imagine needing a processor that is faster than the Bionics; that phone freaking flies), LTE (!!!) and a slide-out KB that already has (industry!) people saying that it’s the best physical keyboard that they have ever used?! This.

      • akhi216

        Yeah you say that about dual-core now, but you’ll be singing a differnet tune when ICS get released.

        • Pennywise

          If I understand your comment, then ICS sounds like some seriously horrendous code.  I guess we’ll see : )

  • Sebastian

    I assume ICS will be made available for this in the near future?

  • Anonymous

    Strange that this is an Ice Cream Sandwich era device with capacitive buttons.

  • Anonymous

    No NFC!? Cmon moto!

  • Meh, I am going to wait a couple of months for the droid 5. 🙂

  • Bionic

    wow, really?  Motorola is pumping out phones like it took a laxative or something.

    • akhi216

      They have to make up for their slow first half. Need I mentioned the Bionic delay? And the Xoom didn’t exactly take off as they hoped.

  • Flip74k

    Y r they gonna keep putting out phones with buttons. When ics is suppost to b button less. Smh doesn’t make sense to me

    • Bionic

      its not a big deal.  ICS can support buttons too.  

      • akhi216

        Yeah not everyone cares for a buttonless phone. No one’s gonna pay 300 dollars for a buttonless phone if they don’t want one. Hell if I wanted a buttonless phone I would’ve got the iPhlop!

  • Anonymous

    So much for the Galaxy Nexus for me. Been wanting a slider since the OD.

    Why does this have to have a locked bootloader…sigh.

    • Bionic

      not to mention it prolly wont be out till december or even next year

  • Seriously, what is up with the trend in batteries?  Some of us like being able to make sure our phones can be OFF all the way.  Hard reboots, and such you know?

    • Anonymous

      Vol-down & power for 10 secs give you the hard reboot.  The only reason for a removable battery would be discharging without access to a charger.  The newer phones are lasting longer and longer on LTE.

      • Anonymous

        I have found that even when a phone is completely powered down it still consumes battery.  I fly to Hong Kong once a year and if I don’t completely remove the battery before I leave then a completely charged battery will be down to 30% by the time I arrive.  I’m not sure why this is the case but there is something to be said for being able to remove the battery.  

        • Pennywise

          What phone?

        • akhi216

          I believe this happens due to the fact that even though a phone is powered down, it still has to use juice to keep up with the time and other things. It may be responsible for Droid turning on by themselves (spontaneous reboots).

          DRRROOOIIIDDD…
          IT’S ALIVE!!!
          …lol

  • Anonymous

    and where’s the ics??

    • Anonymous

      Still locked up with Google and Samsung.

      • akhi216

        Yeah…duh.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    you guys kill me… this is the state that the smart phone market is in now. new phones come out every 6 months instead of 18 now. yeah, i was waiting for a keyboard LTE, dual core phone. i pulled the trigger on the D3 cuz my D1 was incredibly slow and i was limping it for well over 24 months. i would not have held out until the D4 came out, almost 3 years on the D1? yeah right. The D3 could not have been the D4. the tech wasn’t out yet: screen, LTE, and it’s one of the first dual core phones. get over it.

  • Those keys look fantastic!

    I don’t like that I can clearly see the pixels, but other then that it looks like a sweet phone. Too bad I just signed a contract with my D3. Moto really does need to slow down, I have bought every Moto Droid slideout phone so far, and it looks like I’m going to miss the D4, too soon for a product revamp! Kind of surprised they didn’t opt for nearly identical hardware like the jump from D1 to D2 to D2G.

    • akhi216

      Google “Verizon Droid Loyalty Program” and rejoice when it happens.

  • Non-removable battery? Sounds like a certain Apple device to me. No hate, but if something goes wrong with your device you have to send the whole thing in. Lame

  • Anonymous

    Wait but didn’t the droid3 just come out last month? Have sales on it been that bad that they decided to throw in a front camera and 4G so that it will do better..?

    • D3 has a front facing camera, and it’s been a few months

      • Anonymous

        eh, well I forgot about that. but still there must be something wrong with the droid3 if this is coming out this soon. 

    • Daniel Maginnis

      sorry. D3 has a front camera. yeah, they basically swapped out the screen, redesigned the phone and put LTE in it. is that not enough improvements?

    • akhi216

      Actually D3 sales fared way better than Verizon/Motorola anticipated, hence the need to meet the demand for this phone. Until mid last month Droid 3s were backordered everywhere. Google “Droid 3 backordered” to see all the stories on it.

  • DroidzFX

    Why would you want a phone you cant take the damn battery out? MOTO just stop.

    Any phone you announce from here on out should have ICS at launch!

    • Joshua Estell

      “Why would I want one of them thar newfangled auto-mo-beels when I got some perfectly good horses?”

      Honestly people and their hangups – it’s amusing.  

      You want smaller, thinner, lighter?  You make it happen by examining established quantities such as real-world device life cycles and battery management, and you eliminate superfluous sub-assemblies that exist only because someone thinks “this is how it is done”.

      Go Moto.  Keep it up.  More handsets, faster and better.   

    • akhi216

      It wouldn’t matter to me because I don’t use extended batteries. The Xoom doesn’t have a removable battery and people don’t have the problems that you’re thinking that you would have with this.

  • Anonymous

    Holy pentile, Batman!

    • Pennywise

      Holy over-saturated OLED (garbage) batman!

  • Anonymous

    any phone in development right now and to be released AFTER ICS is released should be running ICS. 

    • Anonymous

      You do know that Google hasn’t released the ICS code to manufacturers yet right?

      • Anonymous

        hush now, i’m on my soapbox.

  • Anonymous

    Jesus Christ! Not even a full day for the Razr pre-orders to soak in.

  • alright seriously? android is moving towards apple with this no sd card and no removable battery thing, and i really dont like it. 

    • Anonymous

      With LTE you will need to trade removable battery for thinness.  Take your choice.  Most people don’t even need removable battery anyway.  Hard power-cycle can be done with a key-combination.

  • hkklife

    Good God, what is wrong with Moto?  This thing looks brick-ish which would be TOTALLY FINE for me as long as it has the winning combo of LTE, removable battery, and expandable storage slot.    If ANY of those 3 crucial features are missing then I call it an immediate failure in my book. I carried a PDA and a flip phone for years, so I can live with something “big” as long as it’s well-built and meats all of the required tech specs. 

    Between the data caps (I guarantee you the grandfathered unlimited LTE will quietly disappear within the next 6 months) and the power demands of LTE and the trend towards fixed batteries, the carriers and hardware companies are conspiring to minimize our enjoyment and productivity with our phones!

  • woadi

    Man I would be all over this phone if it had 4.5 inch to 5.3 inch screen. Anyone know of a qwerty slider with a sheen bigger than a 4″ screen?

    • Anonymous

      That would be unreal. Can’t imagine how great that would be.

      • woadi

        Would be my dream phone

        • woadi

          Let me redo that statement give me the galaxy nexus with the screen of the galaxy note the keyboard from the DROID 4 and the build quality of what the Razr is suposed to be5 and that would be my dream phone

  • Booboolala2000

    IIf the D3 was lte, i would have kept. The D3 was a beauty

  • Moto should have never put out the D3, this D4 is about 4 months late for me, I’ve finally said screw it a while back and gave up wanting a keyboard so I can get decent hardware.  Couple that with the fact that my OGDroid has spoiled me with vanilla OS and I don’t want to experience any flavor of Blur.  And you can pretty much figure that Verizon will have the bootloader locked on it, so no thanks.  

    Moto really irritated me with the D3, (no, not angry bro), just such a let down…

    • Pennywise

      Love my Bionic. Love Blur. Love games. Like deals.

  • J Dub

    Holy crap! Really? I feel like the D3 JUST came out. Not to mention this is running 2.3.5. I mean come on. An unreleased phone running an old version of Android. Oh wait, that’s Moto for you.

  • Booboolala2000

    BBBBBBBetting the next Motorola that hits vzw will be sans blur. Maybe even this one. Nexus sales will show what peeps want.

  • Maniko (Meister_Li)

    If they’ll make a Milestone 4 with an unlocked bootloader out of this, I’ll pick it up for sure! 😀

  • The screen looks kinda bad from the pics, and by estimating by the size of the micro-usb port, I would guess this is about as thick as a Droid 1.  Hopefully they are just developing the keyboard and will upgrade the rest of the equipment.

  • Booboolala2000

    If this was made by Googlerola, and had an option of turning off Blur, i would get. But until then, Nexus baby!

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I like the looks of this phone. I would consider it if it weren’t for my worsening feeling of how degrading the experience becomes with Motboblur installed.

    Has anyone ever done a comparison of how many services a stock Android (Gingerbread) phone has running vs. a Moto phone with *blur on it?  I’d be curious also the amount of RAM consumed just after boot between the two.  I started on the OG Droid and then had someone give me their X.  There are a TON of services running with *blur installed which seemingly just degrade the performance of the phone over time and require more frequent reboots.

    • Pennywise

      Love my Bionic. Love “Blur.” (OG OG owner and ran damn-near every mod on that thing and I’m saying that I actually really like Moto’s UI for whatever that’s worth)

    • akhi216

      When this phone gets ICS that won’t be a problem. ICS allows app disabling.

  • Anonymous

    If only Motoactv could measure reader heart rates through the keyboard when DL post new phones we could find out the impact of hyperbeasting on our health.  😛

  • Dan

    Few, thank God “Lets Golf 2” and “Madden 12” are on it…I was so worried 

    • EC8CH

      I hope there’s no way to uninstall them either.

      • Pennywise

        I know you do. Unfortunately, I see the Droid 4 suffering the same fate as the Bionic: Root access, and app deletion (“freezing”) thanks to TiB will likely be right around the corner from release for this poor, poor new Moto family member : (

        Sry mate.

    • AJ

      lmfao ^This

  • Dominick DeVito

    Moto and VZW have watered down the ‘bad-ass’ factor of the Droid brand to the point where none of us give a rat’s ass what they put out anymore.

    Quality > Quantity. Apparently Moto didn’t get the memo

    • Pennywise

      lol what are you smoking?! I don’t even want any…

      What if my OG had a better keyboard, a beast dual core processor, 4x the ram, and ran on LTE? Yea it would be the most amazing (read: best) phone in existence.

      Oh hai there Droid 4 😀 /flirt

  • Anonymous

    Whew, that looks like a fine addition to the keyboarded Droid family. If I were still interested in a slide-out keyboard, Gingerbread, bloatware, and a locked bootloader, I’d be really excited. In all seriousness though, as much as it is not for me, I think it will be a great device for those who prefer a physical keyboard.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Hey Moto:

    I am disappoint

    • Pennywise

      On the bright side, at least 1 person likes your grammar!

  • I’ll take the Nexus over anything Motorola will ever put out with the DROID branding on it. Now what I would absolutely LOVE to see is a Motorola Nexus device. That would be pretty awesome IMO, hopefully it’ll happen sometime since HTC & Samsung have both got their shot at the Nexus. But I will admit Samsung is doing a damn good job at it though.

    • Mark

      I could easily see Motorola making the next Nexus phone… since Google acquired Motorola

      • Dominick DeVito

        Likely, since Moto hasn’t made one yet – but I wouldn’t hold my breath for Google to do anything with the acquisition outside the court room.

        Google’s a services company, and will always be one.

      • EC8CH

        it could also make it less likely to avoid any appearance of favoritism toward Moto so as to not concern their other hardware partners.

        • Pennywise

          Other manufacturer’s have had a go. I don’t see the ‘bigs’ of any competitors getting childish. Likely not a concern.

  • Anonymous

    Weird menu button icon.  Maybe it’s set to be the multi-task on ICS?

  • Tojiro

    Clearly using a Pentile screen, so that’s a no for me…

    • Pennywise

      It is Pentile (which is growing on me)… the unfortunate part, is that it also looks to be OLED (yuck!) – the really nice thing about Bionic’s display is that it performs (STRONG) in direct sunlight.  This will not be the case on an OLED display.

  • Eric

    Guess no ICS at release since it sports physical keys so it’s based on 2.3.

  • Taha Sheikh

    *Cant read…Drooling over Galaxy Nexus*

  • Alan Paone

    I really like the way they’ve managed to make the vestigial capacitive buttons look even dumber. True moto innovation

  • Mark

    So stupid… thank god for the galaxy nexus

  • Anonymous

    Nice but looks kind of thick… But good for physical keyboard lovers though.

    • Pennywise

      Looks about as thick, if not thinner than the OG – the side pics are a bit misleading.

  • Anonymous

    think I’ll wait a while to see how the non removable battery works for motorola before considering buying one.

  • Any idea on thickness with keyboard?

    • Pennywise

      Looks about as thick, if not thinner than the OG.

  • Haztv

    No removable battery? These phone makers really know how to ruin a good thing smh

  • Sweet!  I use the keyboard and appreciate the new locations of the tab, shift lock, shift (in more standard positions), and the  SYM as oppoesed to ALT.  This could be another winner!

  • 2.3.5? Not ICS?

    • akhi216

      ICS hasn’t released ICS yes.

  • babadush

    It’s official. Motorola has gone the way of Apple. More non-removable batteries.

    • Alan Paone

      I’ll take thin, kevlar, and sexy at the cost of the removable battery, I never bother to use an extra anyway. Some people might need the extra juice, but I think this is more in line with what the majority would prefer.

  • Ravenlore

    Aww yeah. Give me at least a gig of ram and i will be a happy girl.

    • EC8CH

      u like ram, gal?

    • Pennywise

      Damn, it really is the size of the ram that counts…

  • shdowman

    SAMOLED Advanced?!?! Good lord…all these different screens to keep track of…lol. Someone make me a chart!

    • Alan Paone

      I’m guessing its just super amoled made with the newer process, as in using the super amoled plus machines to make the older super amoled design. Either that or its just that they’re making a sAmoled screen that isnt’ WVGA and 4″, thats pretty advanced.

    • Pennywise

      I got you: Anything with “OLED” in the name is a garbage display that can’t be seen in sunlight despite grossly over-saturating most colors.

      Crap let me reformat this into a chart and I’ll get back at you!

  • SlidersReally

    what is with the sliders??? Do poeeple actually use them???

    • Daniel Maginnis

      yes. i have a droid 1, droid 3 and will likely get this one. this is what i hoped the droid 3 would have been.

      • Pennywise

        ” this is what i hoped the droid 3 would have been.”

        Same here. That’s why I didn’t buy the Droid 3.

    • Gadgetskopf

      Yes, but (for me, at least), not this one.  Non-removable battery is a non-starter for me for 2 main reasons: 1) I do enough flashing/ROMing/tweaking that battery pulls, while uncommon, are sometimes still necessary, and 2) when the battery’s capacity has diminished past usefulness I like to be able to replace the battery instead of the whole phone.  My Droid gets the job done (mostly), but I’m looking for some more RAM and horsepower.  4G will be nice one of these days when Verizon realizes there’s more to Minnesota than the capital city, but I’ve gotten along just fine without it.  I’m not truly excited about Sammy’s Stratosphere, but it’s looking to be my only option on Verizon…  sigh…

      • Pennywise

        To quote HenryH: Vol-down & Power for 10 secs = battery pull.

        Sounds like this will be a nice feature for you since having to tear down your phone to restart it when it locks up sucks compared to being have to push a button  : )

  • EC8CH

    No Moar Chin???

    • Anonymous

      Its about time they got rid of the chin, but they messed up the phone by not having a removable battery..

  • Wow

  • mysticdarkhack

    First!

    What, Droid 4 already being develop, interesting…?

  • Anonymous

    Boo non-removable battery and gingerbread
    HOORAY EVERYTHING ELSE

    Now just unlock the bootloader

    • Anonymous

      Have to assume ICS just around the corner like the RAZR.

      • Cliff Wynne

        it may be just around the corner but once again Moto is burning prior customers the D3 is only a few months old

        • germy

          why dont they just hold on all releases and start on ics development? should give the phones six months to a year to sell or add features. then again its verizon going after more money, am still rocking my d2 just waiting on cm9 or the new nexus in 6 months.

        • Thanassi

          You gotta expect it. The way the phone tech pace is moving everything gets eclipsed almost instantly. Look at the Bionic. After months of gossip and praise, it was top dog for a whole 2 weeks until the RAZR started making a splash. I don’t really get the dynamics of Moto canabalizing itself this way, but it is what it is.

        • akhi216

          Well, the D3 did a LOT better than Motorola and Verizon had expected, thus it was only natural that they release a follow up in short time. They did sell out in preorders and sell out the first day, but by the week 3 they were on backorder for like 2 months.

    • Considering how many battery pulls I have had to do on my DroidX, a non-removable battery on a Moto device just makes me nervous.  Plus, Blur – I am not buying another Moto until it’s gone, or at least not at its current level of suckage.  My DX actually ran better with the Froyo Blur than it does now.

      • EC8CH

        There will be method of doing a hardware reset that will do the same thing as a battery pull.

        This is always brought up as a con for non-removable batteries, but it is truly a non-issue.

        • Casey Penn

          There was also a power button on my OG… in a lockup, no matter how long I press that little sucker, I was still staring at the lockup… battery pull.. back in business. 

          The “press 2 buttons” or “hold this button” as a solution to non-removable batteries is not only a con, but an issue.

          • EC8CH

            *facepalm*

            The OGD’s power button is not the same thing as a hard reset.

          • Maybe you guys should read manuals when you buy devices.
            Left shift + left alt + delete = phone powers off and on instantly, even if frozen.

          • Anonymous

            Never knew that.  Just tried it.  Awesome!

          • EC8CH

            Droid Does Cntl+Alt+Del

          • Kevin Parlee

            EC8CH always makes me laugh

          • 2 years and i never know it. thank you.

          • Robwscottsdale

            I didn’t get a manual with my phone….and the online one wasn’t the best one I’ve ever seen.

          • Anonymous

            I literally pulled out my droid and tried it.  How did I not know this?  Mind blown.

            (thank you)

          • Anonymous

            2 years with this phone and i never had any idea, always just did the quick batt pull… even got it down to a one handed move.

          • Ryan C

            Wow! never knew that but just tried and it worked!

          • Ewwwww, dude…you read manuals?!?! LOL
            *Secretly pissed and jealous that I never looked that up personally…hating self for all the numerous battery pulls I’ve done in my 20months of owning the OG Droid*

          • Madcow06

            I can’t believe 5 people like this comment as it is completely wrong.

          • do you really think the entire moto engineering team doesnt have someone thats as smart as you to think of these things?give me a break dude. its only ppl like you that make a big deal out of nothing. OMG GOOOOGLE IS STUPID THEY GONNA PUT DOUBLE BUTTONS ON DEVICES THAT ARE UPGRADED TO ICS BUT HAD BUTTONSZ B4

          • Anonymous

            Have you thought for a moment ICS could be smart enough not to display soft buttons if it detects phone has hardware buttons?

            Or was that an irony?

        • OTGA

          Isn’t a battery pull used to ensure a complete power cycle and full reset because of flaws in the reset design of the device? In hardware, proper reset design is actually pretty complex and sometimes flawed. In that case, completely cutting off power is the only solution without a hardware redesign.

          • EC8CH

            Any phone with a non-removable battery will have a method of cycling power.  This is that last issue people should be concerned about regarding non-removable batteries.

          • TC Infantino

            Yes, you are right.  If you look closely at the screen protector in the main picture you can see the reset instructions in the upper right hand of the phones screen.  “To reset phone, press the power key and the volume down button for at least 10 seconds”

          • Larson

            Ya, if the reset design is flawed so that you need to use the built-in power cycling then there’s a chance that’s also flawed. An external power cut off method is the only way to make sure the device goes into a known state.

            Given my experience with Moto, I bet both their reset and power cycle designs are buggy.

        • Anonymous

          No, the real con is that you can’t replace the buggerdly battery when it dies – as, of course, they all do sooner or later – or carry a spare. No excuse for this.

          • Granted

            Yes! Thank you! This is biggest flaw of having a battery you can’t remove! I swap batteries constantly, and I’m willing to bet that although they will put a longer lasting battery in the new phones, it won’t be as powerful as having a stock and extended, and being able to swap them out through a busy work day. I can use my New Trent to some degree, but it still eats battery if I use it while charging, even with having bought the IMP1000. So I don’t know who they think is going to benefit from having a non-removable battery, but I currently can’t see it being the customer. Plus aren’t they listing a source of income on extended batteries, no matter how small. Damn dumb poop crap! And shit!

        • Joshua Estell

          Indeed. Battery pulls might make you feel powerful, but this is not a Blackberry.

      • Madcow06

        There will be a button combo to reboot just like a battery pull. For me anyways gingerbread makes my ex much faster.

      • Luis

        My issue is there won’t be any extended batteries. I always use extended batteries even if the phone already has good battery life.

        • akhi216

          Won’t matter for me ’cause I don’t care to use extended batteries.

      • Anonymous

        What rom you running? I never had any issues with Stock Rom, and or Apex, with CM7 though I have had to do some.

        I am wondering why you are having to do so many battery pulls.

    • Mark

      I bet by the time this comes out it’ll be outdated like the D3 and Stratosphere. Keyboard users are getting pushed to the to side lately.

      • Alan Paone

        I see what you did there

        • Nex

          lol

      • HDDroid

        Phone looks awesome to me and near production ready too.  
        Hey Kellex- any coincidence that this phone came your way on the same day the Droid RAZR went on pre-sale?  
        Either way, I am glad that you posted this, because I am on the OG Droid for close to 2 years now and I was going to be really sad leaving it behind for the keyboardless RAZR.  
        Also, great work on getting all of these Droid leads- this blog is awesome!

        • Anonymous

          You have an OG, and were planning on replacing it with a RAZR? You are a unique specimen, friend.

          • Cknight91

            Not really. A lot of people grabbed the OG droid (like me) because it was the first decent smartphone on Verizon that could compare to the iPhone. Didn’t really have anything to do with it having a keyboard or not. I personally don’t mind keyboards, but I am ready to get a keyboard-less phone because there is a much better selection of them in the high-end area. Next phone for me is the Galaxy Nexus. 

          • Anonymous

            You misunderstood my post, bro. I have an OG too. Most of us do, and I’m aware of that. I was merely surprised that this guy wants/wanted to replace his with a RAZR rather than the much more appealing Galaxy Nexus (which I, too, will be getting).

          • Skittleoid

            hmm…. I misunderstood your post too bro. 
            You vague bro

          • Anonymous

            Really? I would have thought the second clause made it pretty clear.

          • Skittleoid

            Yeah your second clause was fantastic. I was just showing the Guy above he’s not alone. I wish I could get the nexus but I’ve got to save up for my first car :p

        • Anonymous

          If you’ve been on the OG Droid that long, you should be used to not using a keyboard. Typing on this thing is like torture, I can’t remember the last time I typed a full message on mine. For all intents and purposes, my OG Droid doesn’t have a keyboard.

        • Anonymous

          Dont do it. DONT DO IT~!!
          coming from an OG Droid to the Droid3, the software is so horrendous, I have to consider myself spoiled to tolerate it. Dont listen to all these blogs that say BLUR is actually pretty good. Maybe it is compared to previous blurs, but it’s a BIG step down compared to even just StockFroyo.

          *My gmail hardly ever syncs, so I dont get notifs for my important emails anymore.
          *You can no longer view all your emails in a “Combined Inbox”, or select them individually quickly. To switch between emails, you have to go thru a multistep settings adjustment to set another email as “default” to view it.
          *Gallery is very slow to populate & no longer lets you view by folder organization, simply one massive archive. & throwing “.nomedia” files into folders doesnt work anymore, so I have a mess of my imported custom icons in my gallery of thousands of pictures every time I load gallery.
          *It force syncs your FB contacts and eliminates the OFF feature in the FB app.
          *Camera quality has improved but you will always get a disgusting obvious blue tint everytime you have the flash on.
          *You will never be able push anything to SDcard or auto store appdata to SD b/c moto partitions the internal memory & and labels that SDCard. So your true external SDCard will always just be a “Mass Storage” drive.

          Yes, there are alternative apps that can be a solution to SOME of these issues, but how many layers of apps are you going to have running just for basic functions to work. FACT of the matter is, Moto phones have very little 3rd party development b/c of how locked down they are. Sliders are even less popular. Even w the surprised initial success of the D3, it became ignored once the Bionic dropped. So if the D4 will be to the D3 the same way the D2(G) is to the D1 when it comes to dev support, you’re going to be stuckon stock for awhile.

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t been on adroid very long, my first phone was the Continuum and now that I’ve got the D3 I miss very little about that phone.  I quite like motoblur.  I’m not seeing some of the concerns you have:

            -never had a problem with gmail not being synced almost instantly, though I don’t use it very often.  Anytime I have it’s been really slick.
            -Can’t speak to the ‘combined view’ business.  I’ve never ever had a desire to see multiple inboxes in one view. I have to be in a certain mood to either be checking work email, personal email, g+/facebook etc… I have some old junk addresses forwarded to gmail, but that’s different. I had a blackberry where it would show the combined mass of all the incoming messages from everywhere and it was so full of junkmail and low-priority notifications with very little important items among the garbage that it was just annoying to look at.  You may be right though, if you do want to do this then it could be a step backwards.
            -I’d agree that the gallery is slow to open.  Though it does you to sort pics in different galleries, I ignore that and upload to picasa anyway.  There’s the ‘camera roll’ button which shows you all the pics taken…the pictures and icons do show up in the basic gallery view with other stuff but I’m not sure how your other phones just new how you wanted that organized? However I do like how this performed on the sammy a little better.
            -Aha! Didn’t even notice it was syncing my fb contacts till I just checked.  I guess now that we are to the point where having 100 or 1000 contacts makes little difference in how hard it is to find and dial one that it just escaped me.  I’m not quite sure why this is an issue?  I guess I can see if it is if it does a crappy job of merging the fields that you can’t control.  I haven’t seen an example of that yet. Again, you may have a good point here.
            -I thought they fixed the bluish photo problem with the update, though I’m no expert on pic quality, they seem fine to me.  What I miss most is lack of a dedicated push-to-focus camera button that the samsung has. The camera is the slowest and by far glitchiest app for me.  If they don’t fix it I will have to consider paying for a good 3rd party one. 
            -Don’t know where the SD card complaint is coming from.  The camera ships with none and everything is defaulted to the internal phone storage.  Once you pop in a card you tell it to use it to store program data.  My music, pics, and a lot of app data are there and I haven’t had to monkey with anything to make that happen.  I’m assuming you are referring to program-specific files?  If so then I haven’t tried that and you may be correct here.   

            Besides 4G, there is very little I would choose to change about this phone and there wasn’t a single other phone out there I’d trade for free….except maybe this D4.  I wish the camera part worked better and am hoping that gets fixed in an update.  Also looking forward to ICS….that was the worst thing about the Continuum…it shipped with 2.1 with the promise of an updated that never happened.  That really soured me about Samsung.  At least with Moto I know I won’t be 3 versions behind.

          • Anonymous

            Gmail might be an odd isolated problem for me. But stock offers the fluid option of viewing combined or single very fluidly.

            Stock gallery lets you create custom folders for your own management.

            I never updated after I rooted. Been meaning to flash an updated Tom.. I hope the flash tint is gone.

            I popped in my sdcard and it labels it sd-ext. the “sdcard” folder is still part of your internal storage and most apps store to the “sdcard” by default without the option to change it.

          • I’m not sure what your issues are…

            I went from an OG to a D2G through a warranty return. I had rooted/ROMed my OG, then found out that I couldn’t really do it on my D2. So I rooted it and installed Go Launcher/Go Locker. Problem solved. This is all my experience with a D2G, but I figure it shouldn’t be much different since they are both running GB.

            No problems with gmail. In fact, I get notifications from my phone before I get them on my desktop. 
            Don’t like the gallery? Guess what, this is Android. Choose another one. (QuickPic for me)
            Have no idea what you are talking about with the FB syncing. I turned that shit off first thing and never looked back.
            There is something called white balance. Learn to use it.
            I have so much appdata on my SD card it almost makes me sick. And who would honestly push a whole app to the SD card when you have 8gigs of onboard storage for apps?

            My D2 still flies. Yes, when my upgrade comes around in January I’ll probably be getting a G-Nex, but I think you are taking the Blur thing a little too far. You should take a look at TouchWiz.

      • Anonymous

        HF sources say you’re wrong.  Release date in about a month.

      • Aghhhh!!!! I see it too.LOL
        EPIC.lol

    • Alan

      I already see bloat.

      • DroidOne

         A great device that’s already ruined by Verizon.

      • Anonymous

        If it gets upgraded to ICS, we SHOULD be able to disable it. I’d probably wait for proof that that’s the case before biting though.

        • By the time Moto releases ICS for this most people’s contracts will have already expired.

    • Raven

      Me and my 3 spare batteries for my Droid2Global are not happy about the non-removable battery, but otherwise this is the phone that I have been waiting for.  I must have a physical keyboard and don’t even consider phones that don’t have one.  The Droid3 looked nice, but just wasn’t enough of a jump up from the Droid2, so I think this is going to be it and it should be conveniently out about the same time my last new every two comes around.

      • Anonymous

        Even if it has excellent battery life natively, I always like to have a backup for when I’m traveling. I mean, you REALLY rely on your smartphone when you’re in another city. Having it go down on you is a nightmare. I might consider some sort of external battery option if that was the only thing keeping me from getting this though.

        • Granted

          Yeah you can read the cons of my external above, but if you’re still in the market I highly recommend the New Trent iCruiser IMP1000. It’s pricey but damn it gives you a lot of juice. Like Tu-Pack-Of-Sodas had in the movie “Juice”.

    • Anonymous

      This is my next phone!

      That keyboard looks incredible.  According to sources on HoFo, the battery will be removable, and the release date should be in one month.

      • Anonymous

        Next month!? Tap-dancing christ on a cracker!

        Guess I’ll have to hold off for the Droid 5–I’m not up for an upgrade until April.  ::ponders what awesomeness the Droid 5 will have::

    • in the profile pictures, See the very large Gap between the phone when the keyboard is closed.. Thats not good!

    • Anonymous

      that will never happen

    • LOL

  • Dominick DeVito

    And again…

    …Yet another Android phone being released with an old OS and old hardware design (capacitive buttons) – I wonder why Moto isn’t making button-less faces?

    • Alan Paone

      This has probably been in development for awhile now, its not like they just designed it yesterday and had it pop off the assembly line this morning…

      • Dominick DeVito

        Yeah, and if they paid attention they would’ve known ICS was coming months ago too. No excuses.

        • Alan Paone

          How would they test it? They can’t make a buttonless phone if they dont’ have the ICS source to test it with. They might also prefer to use a design with buttons, ICS doesn’t require no buttons, it just removes the requirement for buttons. There’s already buttons on the keyboard, why not four more?

          • akhi216

            Agreees with Alan. That’s the most ignorant arguement I’ve seen.

      • akhi216

        Right…duh.

  • Anonymous

    Damn it!

    Just when I was sure I was getting a Galaxy Nexus.

    WTF, man I don’t even know any more. I just don’t know.

    • Imanjja

      Im with you man just need to win the lotto and than can buy all phones *drool* phones *drool*

  • Anonymous

    I would hope its coming soon since its running GB.

  • DanMil05

    moto should SLOW DOWN. My god, the D3 came out a few months ago and the razor was just announced about a week ago.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been told that they have no plans to slow down. 🙁

      • DroidRules

        Moto probably realized that bad pentile screens on the Droid3 and Bionic, coulped with subpar cameras was not cutting it- especially with the likes of the SGSII out there.
        My hat goes off to Moto for putting out new devices that can compete is today’s completive market.  I’m sorry to say- but anyone that bought a Droid3 or Bionic- you got screwed.  I am glad I waited…

        • Kixofmyg0t

          I have the Bionic, my wife has the D3…..neither of us feel “screwed” by this. Also neither of us have a problem with the screen….and the camera was fixed in 893 and my wife’s D3 has the camera apk from the Atrix 4G so thats fixed.

        • Anonymous

          The only reason anyone should feel screwed is if the updates slow down because their software people are spread so thin, which may or may not be the case. Otherwise, deal with it. You bought a phone and you knew the features that were on it. If what you really wanted to buy was the knowledge that you have the best device on the market, I’m sorry but you’re going to spend a lot of money on that.

        • Morenoc12

          How am I screwed I can replace the battery on my Bionic, I think I upgraded at the right time!!!!

      • Ravnos CC

        and why should they slow down?  Other than making horribad mistakes because they’re moving too fast, don’t slow down, please don’t! 

    • Anonymous

      you skip the Bionic…

    • Anonymous

      Last time they slowed down we had the OG Razr for 2 years straight!

  • Kevlew70

    Anyone want to buy a Bionic? I want a keyboard again.  Droools!!

  • EC8CH

    Finally an impressive looking keyboard from Moto…

    I don’t want a keyboard personally, but it finally looks like Moto got one right.

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      It’s the same as the Droid 3s but okay.

      • EC8CH

        yep, I guess the slightly more rounded corners of the keys gives the appearance of more inter-key spacing.

      • akhi216

        No it isn’t. For starters the D4 has a dedicated symbol key and extra characters can be accessed by pressing the number keys after pushing Alt. The D3 doesn’t have these things. Look closee next time.

        • Benjamin Landwehr

          Lmao, okay, let me be more specific for you next time. Yes, things like the tab, voice, and capslock keys are different, and I’m sure a few other small changes to improve it have been made as well, but overall, same overall layout. I doubt I’d notice much difference versus the D3.

          • Imns

            Actually, I from the look of it, I might prefer the keyboard on the D3 (which i love)  It may sound stupid but having a dedicated button just for @ makes a huge difference when typing.   

  • Anonymous

    My buddy jumped ship to *phone4s cause the D3 felt sub-par to him. Oh I’m gonna make him mad with this. 

    • Anonymous

      Felt sub par? Your buddy is a phag.

  • I refuse to believe this device is actually real until I can see it in all it’s blurry-cam glory!

  • Dominick DeVito

    Wow. This is getting a little nuts.

    • Anonymous

      Yea it is.  OG is dying, no big deal, I’ll get a Bionic.  Oh the Nexus is coming out, I’ll wait for that.  Nexus doesn’t impress me too much but the RAZR is coming out, nice.  RAZR drop a little over a week away, D4 pops up. 

      Argh, I passed on the D3 preferring to wait for a 4G phone, but really wanting a slider.  VZW and Moto(with a little help from Sammy) are really messing with my head.

  • sparty569

    At least it finally has a nice keyboard.

  • What? No blurry cam?

    • Anonymous

      They must have used a G-Nex to take the pics…  

      Edit: I hate the name G-Nex, but I hate typing both names even more. 😛

      • EC8CH

        you hate it so much you love it.

      • Alan Paone

        use its Dev name, the Maguro

        • bigrob60

          That’s even worse.

    • Anonymous

      Hah I was impressed as well. 😛