We found a reason to get excited about the upcoming Motorola Droid Devour (aka Calgary, A555) that is headed to Verizon Wireless soon. One of our reliable robots has shared the missing specs of the Devour – it features the Qualcomm MSM7627 processor, which is a first for Android phones.
This happens to be a fairly new chipset from Qualcomm and it was recently featured in the Palm Pixi and RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530. The MSM7627 is still from the ARM11 family like many first generation Android phones, but it has a couple of new enhancements.
Technical specs of the MSM7627:
- Two ARM cores integrated into a single chip – a dedicated CPU core and a dedicated modem processor – for an unparalleled level of integration:
- 1. 600MHz applications processor with floating point unit and L2 cache
- 2. 400MHz modem processor
- Supports both CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A and UMTS HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps, and GSM
- In addition to the two ARM cores, features 320MHz application DSP for multimedia supporting full 30 fps WVGA encode/decode, 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core supporting OPEN GL 2.0, high-resolution camera, integrated GPS
- 12mm x 12mm footprint
- Optimized power consumption
As you can see the MSM7627 has a 600 MHz applications processor which is an improvement over the 528 MHz of our old favorite the MS7201 (platform of the G1, MT3G, CLIQ, etc). The other important addition is the dedicated 200 MHz GPU which supports OpenGL ES 2.0, so the Devour should be a nice gaming device.
A recap of the rumored Devour specs:
- 3.1 inch capacitive display HVGA (480×320)
- 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627
- 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM
- 3 megapixel camera
- Android 1.6 with Motoblur
- Others: Optical joystick, 3.5mm headset jack, GPS, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot
It is interesting to note that this phone might ship with Android 1.6. This phone has also been referred to as the little brother of the Droid and we had speculated it might run Android 2.1 by launch. I would expect to see this phone in Q1 2010 based on the fact it will not include Android 2.1. However, we still expect Motorola will provide an update to Android 2.1 by Q2 2010.
The other thing to note about the software is that this phone does include Motoblur, which is a first for Verizon. The first two Motoblur phones (CLIQ and Backflip) were built off the Android 1.5 firmware, so this will be the first Motorola device to feature Android 1.6. This would mean the phone could run some of the newer Google Android apps like Maps Navigation, Google Goggles, and the updated Android Market.
Finally, I think the most exciting thing about this phone could be its price. The MSM7627 was designed for low-cost smartphones and the inclusion of a 3 MP camera (instead of 5 MP like the CLIQ) tells me Motorola is aiming for the low end. The Palm Pixi Plus which features the same platform goes for $99 with a 2yr contract or $399 full price.
So that’s the Devour in a nutshell. The Verizon Android phone for those who want a full QWERTY keyboard, but can’t afford the Droid.