Droid 4 leaked; may be released on December 8

Motorola's original Droid was one of the first Android-based smartphones when it launched at the end of 2008. Since then Android has exploded onto the smartphone market with lots of new smartphones using the OS. Motorola has released two more versions of the Droid since the original along with various spin-offs; indeed the Droid 3 was just launched last July.

Now comes word via Droid-Life.com that Motorola is about to launch the Droid 4, possibly as soon as December 8, via its long time wireless carrier partner Verizon. The pictures that have been leaked of the Droid 4 make it look very similar to the recently released and very thin Droid RAZR smartphone. Like previous versions of the Droid, the Droid 4 will come with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for people who prefer to text and email via a physical keyboard.

The hardware specs for the Droid 4 include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, compared to the Droid 3's 1 GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM (double what the Droid 3 has). Both phones have a 4-inch touchscreens and an eight megapixel rear camera. The biggest change is that the Droid 4 is the first in the Droid series that will link to Verizon's faster 4G wireless network.

There's no word yet as to the pricing for the Droid 4.

Image via Droid-Life.com/Motorola

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mndeto said,
another dual core phone.... nice... Qwerty??? Non-Touch smartphones are jus :-/

It is touch but has a QWERTY keyboard as well.

Mr. Dee said,
Motorola is bringing ugly back.

And as such, they have no worries about getting sued by Apple for their phone looking like the iPhone!

Mr. Dee said,
Motorola is bringing ugly back.
Yes, it is far more important that your phone be a fashion statement, telling the world that you are just like everyone else.

For those who did not notice the typo : the author wrote at the begining of the article that Motorola Droid will be launch in December 2008! And we're closing to the end of 2011 and the begining of 2012.

Morden said,
wow, motorola should hire some designers with a bit of creativity and taste... or at least eyesight

Or they should start from scratch on designing phones that people will buy.

Is it just me or are thin phones a turn off?
I wish I was a phone tester. I'd grab it, snap it in half and hand it back saying there is the first problem.

Mr Spoon said,
Is it just me or are thin phones a turn off?
I wish I was a phone tester. I'd grab it, snap it in half and hand it back saying there is the first problem.

I haven't met any phone yet that I can break in half unless I put all my force on it. I'll probably still fail to break it in half though.

I don't buy phones (not even smartphones) on looks; I buy on functionality for what I use them for - and what fits for me (after all, I generally use a phone for *phone calls*) is the network it's on. (Cheesy I'll admit - it goes back to the early days of what is now VZW's original ad campaigns.) The other stuff is icing, not mandatory (at least for me). I don't TXT on my phone, and never have (however, my mom and older female MD cousin TXT each other daily). Smartphones on VZW in general (and Android-based smartphones in particular) are like bait - they lure you in with low-cost (or even no-cost) subsidized handset pricing, then you get whacked by mandatory data-plan pricing and extra add-on fees should you actually use the additional *icing* features. I'd so rather get a *feature* phone that has wi-fi support (so I can transfer files between phone and PC wirelessly without Bluetooth, which my PC doesn't support); however, try getting a decent (even Android) feature phone today! Nowadays, Android = smartphone - whatever happened to the "feature phone" market?

The feature phone market is still there, the same as it's always been. The software on those phones is simple and proprietary - you make a phone call, you send texts, and maybe you have a few games and photos on there. Android was never meant to target that - if it was, it can't anymore, because its "smart" features are so fundamental to the functioning of the OS.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't feel like the droid was one of the first android phones?

Wasn't tmobile usa the primary supl. For android when it first came out with the g1/mytouch lineup? Then att and finally verizon.. gonna def have to refresh my history if I'm wrong....

SaltLife said,
Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't feel like the droid was one of the first android phones?

Wasn't tmobile usa the primary supl. For android when it first came out with the g1/mytouch lineup? Then att and finally verizon.. gonna def have to refresh my history if I'm wrong....


The G1 was the first major Android device, then after that I don't really remember anything else existing before the OG Droid. Which is really what launched the whole Android revolution. Don't get me wrong...T-Mobile and the G1 started it, but it was really the Droid and VZW that got it off the ground.

Perseus Prime said,
One word - fugly

Different people have different tastes. If you don't like it there are a million Android phones out there you can choose from.

AnarKhy said,
motorola phones are so fugly

As has been repeated several times already, people have different tastes and others like it. Just like everything else . . .

farmeunit said,

As has been repeated several times already, people have different tastes and others like it. Just like everything else . . .

Exactly so if he is entitled to his opinion, it was unnecessary to comment on his opinion of the phones having a bad appearance. If someone were to say that the phone looked good, I bet there would not be as many people jumping him/her saying that "people have different tastes". If he thinks Motorola phones look bad, then isn't that his opinion?

Raa said,
Man, I just got my Droid 3!!
Now i'll have to upgrade.

Isn't that just what these Android device makers want you to do?

They seem to release a new phone every 2 months with only minor differences to the last one. Maybe a better camera or a different screen technology or a different physical design but basically it's the same phone tweaked just enough to be considered different.

Vice said,

Isn't that just what these Android device makers want you to do?

They seem to release a new phone every 2 months with only minor differences to the last one. Maybe a better camera or a different screen technology or a different physical design but basically it's the same phone tweaked just enough to be considered different.

What do you expect from Android OEM's upgrading their models every 12 months like Apple?

Why do all these new Android phones have that ugly gritty backing? I assume it isn't actually as bad as it looks in person or people wouldn't buy them.

chAos972 said,
Why do all these new Android phones have that ugly gritty backing? I assume it isn't actually as bad as it looks in person or people wouldn't buy them.

what is ugly to you could be very pleasing to someone else

kiddingguy said,
Specs are okay, looks can be improved imho

Specs could be ok, specs could be a Jesus phone descended from the heavens. If its got a locked boot-loader they will continue to loose sales. Invent motorola-dev.com and make hackers and verizon happy.