Rumor: Motorola Prepares the Jet and Bullet as its First Tegra 3 Devices, Headed for Q1 2012?

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Everyone ready for a couple of massive rumors?  First off, we should probably let you know that this report has not been confirmed by a second source, something we always try to do before posting, unless of course we have photo evidence.  So proceed with caution, feel free to question it, and just know that it’s information we felt needed to be passed on.  And who doesn’t love 7-month long conversations about rumored devices, anyway?  


Here is the deal.  We’ve been tipped to two new Motorola devices under development that will be the first from Moto to run NVIDIA’s new Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor and are currently scheduled for either a Q1 2012 unveiling or release (We’re thinking unveiling – CES 2012 anyone?).

Motorola Bullet

Bullet (obvious codename)  is the non-keyboarded of the two.  Will sport a 4.3″ qHD screen, Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor, at least 1GB DDR2 RAM (possibly 1.5GB), 16GB on-board storage, NFC chip, and a redesigned sensor to provide its new 12MP camera with amazing photos.  This phone will launch before the Jet.

Motorola Jet

Jet (another codename) is the keyboarded version of the two.  Will sport a 4″ qHD screen, Tegra 3, 1 to 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB on-board storage, same new 12MP camera as the Bullet, NFC chip, and a fully redesigned chicklet-style keyboard.


Crazy, right?  Like I said at the beginning of the post, I was unable to confirm these with any of our other sources, so you’ve got to take them for what they are.  With that said though, I do want to point out a couple of things to help this report.

First, the mention of the Tegra 3 in a phone coming in Q1 of 2012 matches up almost perfectly to what NVIDIA told us all back at MWC.  They fully expect to be ready to ship their quad-core beasts in handhelds by the end of 2011 (tablets this summer).

The second thing has to do with the new camera sensor that was brought up multiple times.  A new camera sensor is something that I’ve heard mentioned from some close friends, as one of the major focuses of Motorola going forward as they’ve realized their camera technology is not on-par with competitor’s phones.

Lastly, we have no idea what carriers these would end up on, although the early word is that both are 4G LTE, so we’ll assume Verizon.

Do I truly believe that we’ll see these phones in Q1 of 2012, though?  It wouldn’t surprise me, but again, 7 months in this industry is an eternity and things change so quickly that it’s hard to say for sure.  These could be two phones on a drawing board somewhere and in 2 months will look 100% different with completely tweaked specs.  Rumor, people.

And as always, we’ll continue digging around the interwebs and in the brains of our closest insiders to see what else we can find out.



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