Apr 30 AT 4:25 PM Sean Riley 22 Comments

The Motorola Shadow re-emerges

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The Motorola Shadow burst onto the scene in the waning hours of 2009 with a specs list that read like a geeks wish list and some colorful renders that further whet the appetite. Rumors abounded that it could be the follow up to the then new Nexus One. Motorola threw flames on the fire when they confirmed during their Q4 earnings call that they would be offering “at least one direct-to-consumer device with Google.

As is often the way with these things the information dried up and the Shadow drifted back into the inky blackness of the internet with only the true die hards keeping the spark of interest alive.

So we fast forward to yesterday when a smartphone identified as the Motorola MB810 receives its WiFi certification. That name is significant as the Motorola Sholes Tablet (or the MOTOROI as it came to be known later) is the MB710. This suggests an upgraded version of the MOTOROI which lines up nicely with everything we know about the Shadow.

Additionally tying the MB810 to the Shadow is a tweet from @androiddevicespy on March 12th simply saying “cdma_shadow/MB810/cdma_shadow/verizon #android.” That user tweets nothing but Android device signatures like that one with the #android hashtag, but where they are originating from I don’t know.

A few supposedly real images have been spotted that certainly match up nicely with everything that I have heard about the Shadow and also definitely reflect the Droid lineage. Those images and the original render from December are in the gallery below; they certainly share the same general dimensions and appearance.

The specs below should not be taken as gospel by any means as they has been gleaned from some of the insiders that frequent Howard forums and obviously cannot be verified at the moment, but the users that are disseminating this information have certainly proven to be reliable in the past.

Regarding the processor; you should check out this video demo from MWC if you were wondering how it compares to the Droid’s 550 MHz OMAP3430. Do not conclude that it is underpowered just because it isn’t 1 GHz or above.

  • Slate form factor
  • Verizon
  • 4.1″ AMOLED screen
  • 720 MHz OMAP 3630 Processor
  • 1-2 GB of internal storage
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 720p Video Recording
  • mini-HDMI out
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • MicroSD support up to 32GB
  • ~9mm at the bottom of the device flaring somewhat at the top
  • Launch window: Late June – late July

Obviously a lot of this rumor and speculation, but taken as a whole the evidence becomes fairly compelling that the Shadow is out there and possibly coming soon.

Via: Howard forums

Source: Wi-Fi.org

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  1. keilGuest 5 years ago

    Actually this concept phone was 1st seen in china along with mirage. Reactions to Moto Shadow

    • The post you have there is from a day after it was first posted in a Taiwanese forum Mobile01; it was picked up by most major tech sites that same day, December 31st. The details have changed since that first leak though.

  2. CeZGuest 5 years ago

    perhaps this will be the launch device for Gingerbread, or even Froyo!

  3. androidlvrGuest 5 years ago

    I’ve had a chance to play with this phone and it actually has a metallic like bezel surrounding the screen, which at first didnt look to great but after awhile i really liked. The biggest downside though is that it’s running an updated MotoBlur, 2.1.

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  5. JAGGuest 5 years ago

    wanna see that phone on the run, this is goin to be pretty cool

  6. @dariFRESHGuest 5 years ago

    I saw online this was going to AT&T now…will it be on both VZW and ATT?

    • The testers I have communicated with have all been on Verizon and are quite sure that it will at least initially be exclusive to Verizon. There is a universe of wrong information being put out about this device.

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