Oct 11 AT 12:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 57 Comments

Motorola Droid Terminator is Sanjay’s baby, coming to multiple carriers early next year

Motorola is secretly working on a dual-core superphone featuring NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor which will be the flagship device for the upcoming release of Gingerbread. Both Motorola’s CEO and NVIDIA’s CEO have confirmed the phone exists, but you will not find many people talking about it because Motorola has issued some of the strictest non-disclosure agreements the industry has ever seen.

I don’t want to over-hype this device, but it is going to make the current generation of Android phones look like toys and this is the reason Motorola doesn’t want you to know about it. Imagine what would happen if people knew that waiting a couple more months would get them a dual-core Gingerbread phone with 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance. It would greatly damage the sales of Motorola’s Android 2.1 phones this holiday season and that is why Motorola employees have been instructed not to talk about it.

As some of you know, Motorola will split into two companies next year and Sanjay Jha will take over as CEO for Motorola Mobility. I was told by a current Motorola employee that the Tegra 2 phone is “Sanjay’s baby” and it will be his early defining moment as leader of the new Motorola Mobility. That pretty much kills a holiday release because this device is so important to Sanjay’s new company that he does not want to rush a release it before it’s ready.

Originally we thought the dual-core phone, which we are calling the T2 or Terminator, would be a Verizon exclusive, but a source familiar with the project has informed me I was wrong and it will ship on multiple carriers (similar to Samsung’s strategy with their Galaxy lineup). We also hoped the phone would launch this year, but the latest evidence I have suggests it will be unveiled at CES on January 5th.

Believe it or not, I was also told that Verizon might not even be the first carrier to launch the Terminator. I’ve heard some rumors that Verizon could make it their first 4G LTE phone, so that might be the reason why they need additional time and another carrier would have it out the door first.

So what else have I heard about the Terminator? This may not come as a surprise, but it is going to be a mobile gaming powerhouse. Google’s Andy Rubin recently said, “gaming is an area that I think is underserved right now” and hinted Gingerbread would be the Android release to address that issue. I was told that the Terminator’s hardware was virtually finished and Motorola is just waiting on the software to reveal the device. This leads me to believe that several game developers will have launch titles ready for when the phone finally ships.

We reached out to both companies seeking a comment when Sanjay Jha confirmed the phone was coming, but only NVIDIA responded.

“Yes, we are working with Motorola. If you have questions, please check with Motorola, as we’re under NDA.”Matt WuebblingProduct Marketing Director, Mobile Business at NVIDIA

That doesn’t exactly say much, but what did you expect? Motorola could be one of NVIDIA’s biggest customers so I’m sure they want to keep them happy.

What are your thoughts on the Motorola Terminator? If you are in the market for a new Android phone, will you wait till next year or grab the best available device that gets released before Christmas? What other possible concerns do you have about owning a dual-core phone that would need to be addressed before you forked over your hard earned cash?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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