Jun 02 AT 4:11 PM Sean Riley 18 Comments

Droid Shadow leaks Episode IV: A New Hope

I think it is safe to say that containment has been breached on the Motorola Droid Shadow/Xtreme as the leaks just keep on coming.

The latest photos come courtesy of Droid-Life and give us a new side view of the device (pictured at top) and yet another look at the front of the phone.

Past profile shots of the device have been showing off the HDMI-out, but this time we are greeted by the dedicated camera button and volume rocker which look nearly identical to the original Droid other than the coloring which is toned down on the camera button and chromed out on the volume rocker. The most notable feature is probably the flared top of the phone and I’m definitely curious to see what that feels like in hand.

The screen is unfortunately obscured by the standard out of the box screen covering, but we have seen it before and can all probably picture what a 4.1″ screen is going to look like. The physical menu, home, back, and search buttons remain and may be a welcome change to some from the capacitive trend.

Finally as is also becoming tradition with the Shadow/Xtreme leaks we have a few amended features from this tipster.

  • Android 2.2
  • No MOTOBLUR
  • 9 home screens

This is in direct contrast to previous reports so we either have multiple OS/skin pairings out there for testers (certainly possible) or someone is just trying to stir the pot. Either way it doesn’t look like the real answers to those questions are going to be forthcoming until we actually see something official from Motorola. These latest images in particular make the device look like it is ready for retail packaging so hopefully the countdown timer can be measured in weeks and not months.

I know people reacted somewhat adversely to the suggestion that this would be running the new MOTOBLUR last time we talked about it, but will the addition of MOTOBLUR alone be enough to make you take a pass on this device?

Just in case you need a refresher the remaining rumored specs are below.

  • Verizon
  • 4.1″  TFT FWVGA screen
  • 720 MHz OMAP 3630 Processor
  • 8 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 to ~11mm at the top
  • Launch window: July-August

Via: Droid Life

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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  • roymonster

    not feeling the bump

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      It definitely looks a little odd, but most of the testers I have heard weigh in on it have said you don’t notice it in hand.

  • http://Website Josh

    Coming from the moto droid and having played with motoblur I can say that yes when I’m ready for my next android phone if a device has motoblur, no matter the specs I will pass

  • jjl84

    I kinda like the raised part. Maybe now if I’m browsing the web on my phone it won’t keep switching to horizontal mode. I can definitely see this design as a way to fix that problem.

    • jjl84

      *I meant to say when I’m using my phone on a desk or other flat surface.

  • http://www.t4rp.com/ Marc Konchar

    I agree, I would not get a phone with MOTOBLUR or Sense no matter what the specs were. One reason I’m so upset about VZW and Sprint both passing on the Nexus One.

  • http://Website JAG

    great is 2.2

  • Android Jr

    The specs on this device are good, the one thing I was hoping to see was a front facing camra for video chat. When I heard MotoBlur might be shipped with this Droid, I was a little upset. I’m not feeling the MotoBlur UI.

  • http://Website colby

    i remember before about another leaked photo of a droid 2 the picture only show a keyboard you think the shadow will have a key cause theres a crease just like in the first droid

    • http://Website Icon

      Yes the Droid 2 will have a physical keyboard, but this is not the Droid 2. This is the Shadow, and no it doesn’t have a physical keyboard.

      I was on the fence about the Shadow, cause Ive known since January that this device was coming, and I simply expected more. But seeing it is shipping with 2.2, and more importantly no MOTOBLUR, I might change my mind on it. I also like the tapering effect the device has. I will probably wait til its in stores so I can play with it before I buy it, but could see myself getting it.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    Please, PLEASE, NO MOTOBLUR. Just the stock Froyo. Plain, standard, official Google Experience is what makes a Droid the DROID.

  • http://Website webby

    I really want to like this fone cuz I want to upgrade to a 4″+ screen screamer, but …

    Motoblur definitely would be a deal killer!

    Not feeling any love for the bump.
    If bump at top rather than bottom, seems stupid and like it will want to fall out of your hand.

    • http://Website Narflar

      webby,

      The bump is at the top. You think they put volume buttons at the bottom of the phone?

      I’ll just have to hold it in my hand and see if I like it.

  • http://Website Urboyissues

    I saw some where before people say this was the answer to the Evo but I don’t think it is.. No front facing camera, no snap dragon processor, no keyboard (not a big kill), but really. What am I getting from this phone that I don’t already have in say a Droid, Incredible, or Evo? The bigger internal memory is great, but the Incredible has that and is faster? Screen size? no.. HDMI cool but Evo has that and a front facing Camera. It’s a nice phone but really I can’t see a reason I MUST have it.. which is sad.. Same thing for the Droid 2, I love my Droid.. but really.. if the Droid 2 is nothing more then a small upgrade to what I already have, rooted or not.. then I’ll pass till I see true value and worth.

    • http://Website Sergio

      You cannot compare snapdragon with this omap processor.. OMAP it’s superior than snapdragon.

      Go for Motorola, HTC really sucks. (using htc devices for years, maybe 4 or 5 and tired of them, extremely poor support, updates delays, lies, cheap hardware in comparison to competition, etc)

    • http://Website Darkseider

      Aside from the lack of a front facing camera and a screen that is .2″ inches smaller it is very much a match or even superior to anything that is based on the Snapdragon. Clock speed doesn’t mean everything. The fact that this is a 45nm process OMAP 3630 running at 720 Mhz puts its’ base processor performance on par with a 1 Ghz Snapdragon. The OMAP has a dedicated GPU, in this case the PowerVR SGX 530 which is clocked higher than that in the Droid and performs better. In any case a stock Shadow/Xtreme will perform on par and in some cases better than a Snapdragon based device. The other kicker in the equation is the DSP in the OMAP line of SoC. These DSPs are made by T.I. which according to nearly everyone + dog in the electronics industry makes the BEST DSPs on the planet, bar none.

  • http://Website Me

    OK a few fixes here, the phone DOES have MOTOBLUR and you CAN turn it off. The phone will ship with 2.1 and will be upgradeable to 2.2+. The OMAP is far superior to the highly over rated Snapdragon as can be seen on those benchmark screens posted before.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I agree on all counts, I was just reporting the tipsters claims.

      I have to say that whether MOTOBLUR can be turned off or not is kind of irrelevant though as it is the potential OS update delays based on the phone having it that concern me not the appearance or functioning of the skin.

  1. not feeling the bump

    • It definitely looks a little odd, but most of the testers I have heard weigh in on it have said you don’t notice it in hand.

  2. JoshGuest 5 years ago

    Coming from the moto droid and having played with motoblur I can say that yes when I’m ready for my next android phone if a device has motoblur, no matter the specs I will pass

  3. I kinda like the raised part. Maybe now if I’m browsing the web on my phone it won’t keep switching to horizontal mode. I can definitely see this design as a way to fix that problem.

    • *I meant to say when I’m using my phone on a desk or other flat surface.

  4. Marc KoncharGuest 5 years ago

    I agree, I would not get a phone with MOTOBLUR or Sense no matter what the specs were. One reason I’m so upset about VZW and Sprint both passing on the Nexus One.

  5. JAGGuest 5 years ago

    great is 2.2

  6. The specs on this device are good, the one thing I was hoping to see was a front facing camra for video chat. When I heard MotoBlur might be shipped with this Droid, I was a little upset. I’m not feeling the MotoBlur UI.

  7. colbyGuest 5 years ago

    i remember before about another leaked photo of a droid 2 the picture only show a keyboard you think the shadow will have a key cause theres a crease just like in the first droid

    • IconGuest 5 years ago

      Yes the Droid 2 will have a physical keyboard, but this is not the Droid 2. This is the Shadow, and no it doesn’t have a physical keyboard.

      I was on the fence about the Shadow, cause Ive known since January that this device was coming, and I simply expected more. But seeing it is shipping with 2.2, and more importantly no MOTOBLUR, I might change my mind on it. I also like the tapering effect the device has. I will probably wait til its in stores so I can play with it before I buy it, but could see myself getting it.

  8. PixelSlaveGuest 5 years ago

    Please, PLEASE, NO MOTOBLUR. Just the stock Froyo. Plain, standard, official Google Experience is what makes a Droid the DROID.

  9. webbyGuest 5 years ago

    I really want to like this fone cuz I want to upgrade to a 4″+ screen screamer, but …

    Motoblur definitely would be a deal killer!

    Not feeling any love for the bump.
    If bump at top rather than bottom, seems stupid and like it will want to fall out of your hand.

    • NarflarGuest 5 years ago

      webby,

      The bump is at the top. You think they put volume buttons at the bottom of the phone?

      I’ll just have to hold it in my hand and see if I like it.

  10. UrboyissuesGuest 5 years ago

    I saw some where before people say this was the answer to the Evo but I don’t think it is.. No front facing camera, no snap dragon processor, no keyboard (not a big kill), but really. What am I getting from this phone that I don’t already have in say a Droid, Incredible, or Evo? The bigger internal memory is great, but the Incredible has that and is faster? Screen size? no.. HDMI cool but Evo has that and a front facing Camera. It’s a nice phone but really I can’t see a reason I MUST have it.. which is sad.. Same thing for the Droid 2, I love my Droid.. but really.. if the Droid 2 is nothing more then a small upgrade to what I already have, rooted or not.. then I’ll pass till I see true value and worth.

    • SergioGuest 5 years ago

      You cannot compare snapdragon with this omap processor.. OMAP it’s superior than snapdragon.

      Go for Motorola, HTC really sucks. (using htc devices for years, maybe 4 or 5 and tired of them, extremely poor support, updates delays, lies, cheap hardware in comparison to competition, etc)

    • DarkseiderGuest 5 years ago

      Aside from the lack of a front facing camera and a screen that is .2″ inches smaller it is very much a match or even superior to anything that is based on the Snapdragon. Clock speed doesn’t mean everything. The fact that this is a 45nm process OMAP 3630 running at 720 Mhz puts its’ base processor performance on par with a 1 Ghz Snapdragon. The OMAP has a dedicated GPU, in this case the PowerVR SGX 530 which is clocked higher than that in the Droid and performs better. In any case a stock Shadow/Xtreme will perform on par and in some cases better than a Snapdragon based device. The other kicker in the equation is the DSP in the OMAP line of SoC. These DSPs are made by T.I. which according to nearly everyone + dog in the electronics industry makes the BEST DSPs on the planet, bar none.

  11. MeGuest 5 years ago

    OK a few fixes here, the phone DOES have MOTOBLUR and you CAN turn it off. The phone will ship with 2.1 and will be upgradeable to 2.2+. The OMAP is far superior to the highly over rated Snapdragon as can be seen on those benchmark screens posted before.

    • I agree on all counts, I was just reporting the tipsters claims.

      I have to say that whether MOTOBLUR can be turned off or not is kind of irrelevant though as it is the potential OS update delays based on the phone having it that concern me not the appearance or functioning of the skin.