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
- 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.