Mar 16 AT 11:46 AM Taylor Wimberly 43 Comments

Motorola Droid 3 to feature OMAP4, Motorola Targa to be first phone with quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El?

New information has surfaced on a trio of upcoming Motorola phones headed to Verizon. We already knew that Verizon was launching the dual-core Droid Bionic later in Q2, but they also have a growing lineup of multi-core devices including the Droid X2, Droid 3 and Droid Targa. Read on after the jump for the latest rumors and speculation.

Motorola Droid X2

The Droid X2 is a refresh of the original Droid X, but this time Motorola went with a dual-core CPU. Rumored specs include a 1 GHz Tegra 2, 4.3 inch qHD display, 512 MB RAM, rear and front-facing cameras, and all the other bells and whistles of the original. Unlike the Droid Bionic which operates on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the Droid X2 will only support Verizon 3G.

Look for this device to debut around early Q3 for $149-199 with a 2-year contract.

Motorola Droid 3

The keyboard-packing Droid is back again for its yearly update. Lately Motorola has been giving NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 a lot of love, but we hear the Droid 3 will still use a Texas Instruments chip like the first two versions. Rumored specs for the Droid 3 include a dual-core 1 GHz OMAP4430 CPU, 4 inch qHD display, rear and front facing cameras, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. It is also said to be a global device and feature a SIM card slot for GSM networks.

We have yet to learn if the Droid 3 will support 4G LTE or be limited to 3G only. I expect the Droid 3 will appear on Verizon in early Q3.

Motorola Droid Targa

Motorola Targa

The most interesting Verizon device to leak out is the new Motorola Targa. This smartphone just appeared on Howard Forums and little is known about it other than a rumored Christmas release date.

Motorola launched the first dual-core phone in the US with the Atrix 4G, so there is a chance that the Targa could become the first quad-core phone. NVIDIA recently demoed their quad-core Project Kal-El and said we should expect smartphones with the chip by Christmas. Motorola has a good relationship with NVIDIA, so I think they should be in the running to get the first smartphone with Kal-El.

Verizon already has the most impressive lineup of upcoming Android device in the next six months and it looks like they will continue to lead throughout the remainder of 2011.

How would you grade the rumored upgrades to Verizon’s Droid family?

Via: Howard Forums

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  • http://Website Dev1359

    That Targa is one beastly looking device o_o

    • http://Website Kevin Wilson

      My uncle sold his Porsche Targa last year!

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635

    • http://Website Hans

      Someone’s intimidated. ;)

    • http://Website aantoine87

      yea the OG Evo sold alot of phones but powerful, the phone was not not even for when it came out

      • http://Website Hans

        Actually, it was quite powerful for its time. It was one of the most powerful phones until the nexus one came out.

        • http://Website Chris G

          The Nexus One came out in January 2010. lol

          • http://Website Hans

            …okay? You’re proving my point. The original Droid was powerful and it had stock 2.0.
            When the Nexus One came out a few months later, it wasn’t as powerful anymore.

          • http://Website Velhym

            Hans, you’re missing the timeline point.

            Droid 1 > Nexus One > Droid Incredible > EVO 4G > Droid X > First Galaxy S in US > Droid 2

            From that generalized timeline of major devices, the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and EVO 4G were basically all the same device by HTC hardware wise, save for elements like display size. I might be incorrect (but I don’t think I am), but all three of those phones utilized the same Snapdragon CPU and Adreno GPU at the same clock speeds. I’m not certain if they all had the same RAM.

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business.. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635

      • http://Website Hans

        Trolling confirmed. C’mon, copy/pasting exactly what you wrote? Be more original.

  • http://Website cmwhitehead

    I love the hardware, but don’t care to much for the MOTO BLUR like customized UI. Would prefer stock 2.3..

  • http://Website trev186

    It is sad to see so few phones coming out with 1 GB of RAM. There are plenty of game apps which only use the CPU which could be sped up

  • http://Website khtse

    No Blur please.

  • http://hoosiercub.tumblr.com Tony

    The targa looks like what the X2 refresh should be, just sayin…

    • http://Website Velhym

      No way. Leave all the chrome edgings and whatnot off my lovely Droid X design. :(

  • http://Website Jon

    The Targa is on sexy looking phone. I like its odds of getting the Kal-el soc as well.

  • http://Website Name (required)

    @ richard, whatever, that’s just your opinion. I happen to think my device was the best, so see? We can all say that, doesnt make it true. Why because its an opinion, not fact. Just like when its realease, it will be your opinion its the best. When in reality the quads will be better, so get over yourself and your ego.

  • http://Website Josh

    The Targa looks pretty sweet, especially if it gets the quad-core. Seems like I upgraded my phone just in tine to be able to get that beast when it releases.

  • http://Website adryan

    UGGHHHH!!! This is why i hate/love technology. New advances every month/year. I want the thunderbolt but it doesnt have dual core. I wanted to wait for the Bionic but i hear of this sexy beast of a phone with ka-lel and im torn. But honestly i dont think i can wait that long. As for the other phones i like the look of the droid 3. Dont care at all for the Droid X2. Not really a refresh just a few bigger specs and no 4g whats up with that?!!

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    This makes you think is everything at CTIA worth it? If the Targa comes with a quad core, then that will be awesome. That also makes me think what other manufacturers will have a quad core phone in the works? I know of no other team that uses Tegra besides moto. LG does but will they stand to compete? All other manufacturers are just releasing their dual core. Are they moving to fast? To slow? It’s a lot to take in and try to be satisfied.

    Maybe this will compete with quad core http://bit.ly/g6mue8

    The internals sound good but it still comes down to real life performance. With internals like these I would like to see a pure google OS one day. That would be the best phone period. I would hold onto something like that for years. I say wait until summer or end of the year so you can have options.

  • http://Website hn

    Why are these phones so ugly?! I love the specs and I know moto has great hardware and build quality but these phones are boring. Pretty much all highend smartphones are black slabs but these have to be the ugliest black slabs I have seen yet. I think they did a good job with the Atrix design (also a black slab) but these are just lame. X2 and D3 are the exact same design as the originals, they are just ok design-wise. Targa is the worst, that huge silver bezel, it looks like the iphone 3g but with an uglier back. Moto needs to hire a design specialist because these phones look way too generic. This is just my opinion and I know that others disagree with me, so go ahead all you verizon fanboys and vote me down.

  • MitchRapp81

    BAM! Can’t wait to see HTC’s first 16-core phone (4x cpu 12x gpu tegra 3 chip)

    Hoping it’s Tegra 3 + 1gb ddr3 + 16gb internal and same material as N1 … samsung’s nexus s has got to be the cheapest feeling phone EVER

  • http://Website Name (required)

    Google experience. Multicore. Gig of ram. 4G. Show me that, and Verizon’s lineup is impressive.

  • http://Website Zach

    According to Winston25 on the Howard forums none of these phone are for Q4 so they’ll be out before then unless they are delayed.

  • http://Website Bud Ugly

    bricks (= fail)

  • http://www.marioplanet.com Zach

    Alright, only a few months before my Atrix goes on eBay.

  • http://Website Looking Out for A&M

    Is it just me or is this site jacking everything A&M posts??? And has a VERY similar name????
    http://www.androidme.org/hardware/phones/motorola-droid-3-to-underline-omap4-motorola-targa-to-initial-phone-with-quad-core-nvidia-kal-el.html

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    @Name required… Go get a life and keep your opinions to yourself… @Hans.. same things for you too TROLL

  • http://Website AdaM

    MMmmm :) Targa! :D

  • http://Website Shaundizzle

    I think that droid 3 is impressive. That is, if the droid 2 has a4 row keyboard which I think it does.

    But the targa seems pretty cool too. Although I guarantee another company will blow it out of the water since they now have an idea of what motorola is up to

    • http://Website Sheila

      I guess iPhone FIVE is going to be even more impressive

  • ravila88x

    #ifiwastowinthelottery I would buy EVERY android device ever made!

  • http://Website Kyle

    I’m not exactly impressed with the current upcoming VZ android lineup, I’d like to believe the Targa to be real so I can consider it the successor to my Incredible! However, the lockscreen says the date is 01/18/2010.

    Am I the only one that thinks there is something wrong with that?

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  • http://Website Tomas

    Can’t wait for the Targa….I hope motorola puts at least 1GB of ram on this baby…512MB is not cutting it. Every other contender is making their phones with 1GB.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  • http://Website Richard Yarell

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

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    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010..… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  • http://Website Richard Yarel

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!!

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    Droid 3!!!

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  1. Dev1359Guest 4 years ago

    That Targa is one beastly looking device o_o

    • Kevin WilsonGuest 4 years ago

      My uncle sold his Porsche Targa last year!

  2. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635

    • HansGuest 4 years ago

      Someone’s intimidated. ;)

    • aantoine87Guest 4 years ago

      yea the OG Evo sold alot of phones but powerful, the phone was not not even for when it came out

      • HansGuest 4 years ago

        Actually, it was quite powerful for its time. It was one of the most powerful phones until the nexus one came out.

        • Chris GGuest 4 years ago

          The Nexus One came out in January 2010. lol

          • HansGuest 4 years ago

            …okay? You’re proving my point. The original Droid was powerful and it had stock 2.0.
            When the Nexus One came out a few months later, it wasn’t as powerful anymore.

          • VelhymGuest 4 years ago

            Hans, you’re missing the timeline point.

            Droid 1 > Nexus One > Droid Incredible > EVO 4G > Droid X > First Galaxy S in US > Droid 2

            From that generalized timeline of major devices, the Nexus One, Droid Incredible, and EVO 4G were basically all the same device by HTC hardware wise, save for elements like display size. I might be incorrect (but I don’t think I am), but all three of those phones utilized the same Snapdragon CPU and Adreno GPU at the same clock speeds. I’m not certain if they all had the same RAM.

    • Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

      I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business.. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635

      • HansGuest 4 years ago

        Trolling confirmed. C’mon, copy/pasting exactly what you wrote? Be more original.

  3. cmwhiteheadGuest 4 years ago

    I love the hardware, but don’t care to much for the MOTO BLUR like customized UI. Would prefer stock 2.3..

  4. trev186Guest 4 years ago

    It is sad to see so few phones coming out with 1 GB of RAM. There are plenty of game apps which only use the CPU which could be sped up

  5. khtseGuest 4 years ago

    No Blur please.

  6. TonyGuest 4 years ago

    The targa looks like what the X2 refresh should be, just sayin…

    • VelhymGuest 4 years ago

      No way. Leave all the chrome edgings and whatnot off my lovely Droid X design. :(

  7. JonGuest 4 years ago

    The Targa is on sexy looking phone. I like its odds of getting the Kal-el soc as well.

  8. Name (required)Guest 4 years ago

    @ richard, whatever, that’s just your opinion. I happen to think my device was the best, so see? We can all say that, doesnt make it true. Why because its an opinion, not fact. Just like when its realease, it will be your opinion its the best. When in reality the quads will be better, so get over yourself and your ego.

  9. JoshGuest 4 years ago

    The Targa looks pretty sweet, especially if it gets the quad-core. Seems like I upgraded my phone just in tine to be able to get that beast when it releases.

  10. adryanGuest 4 years ago

    UGGHHHH!!! This is why i hate/love technology. New advances every month/year. I want the thunderbolt but it doesnt have dual core. I wanted to wait for the Bionic but i hear of this sexy beast of a phone with ka-lel and im torn. But honestly i dont think i can wait that long. As for the other phones i like the look of the droid 3. Dont care at all for the Droid X2. Not really a refresh just a few bigger specs and no 4g whats up with that?!!

  11. UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

    This makes you think is everything at CTIA worth it? If the Targa comes with a quad core, then that will be awesome. That also makes me think what other manufacturers will have a quad core phone in the works? I know of no other team that uses Tegra besides moto. LG does but will they stand to compete? All other manufacturers are just releasing their dual core. Are they moving to fast? To slow? It’s a lot to take in and try to be satisfied.

    Maybe this will compete with quad core http://bit.ly/g6mue8

    The internals sound good but it still comes down to real life performance. With internals like these I would like to see a pure google OS one day. That would be the best phone period. I would hold onto something like that for years. I say wait until summer or end of the year so you can have options.

  12. hnGuest 4 years ago

    Why are these phones so ugly?! I love the specs and I know moto has great hardware and build quality but these phones are boring. Pretty much all highend smartphones are black slabs but these have to be the ugliest black slabs I have seen yet. I think they did a good job with the Atrix design (also a black slab) but these are just lame. X2 and D3 are the exact same design as the originals, they are just ok design-wise. Targa is the worst, that huge silver bezel, it looks like the iphone 3g but with an uglier back. Moto needs to hire a design specialist because these phones look way too generic. This is just my opinion and I know that others disagree with me, so go ahead all you verizon fanboys and vote me down.

  13. BAM! Can’t wait to see HTC’s first 16-core phone (4x cpu 12x gpu tegra 3 chip)

    Hoping it’s Tegra 3 + 1gb ddr3 + 16gb internal and same material as N1 … samsung’s nexus s has got to be the cheapest feeling phone EVER

  14. Name (required)Guest 4 years ago

    Google experience. Multicore. Gig of ram. 4G. Show me that, and Verizon’s lineup is impressive.

  15. ZachGuest 4 years ago

    According to Winston25 on the Howard forums none of these phone are for Q4 so they’ll be out before then unless they are delayed.

  16. Bud UglyGuest 4 years ago

    bricks (= fail)

  17. ZachGuest 4 years ago

    Alright, only a few months before my Atrix goes on eBay.

  18. Looking Out for A&MGuest 4 years ago

    Is it just me or is this site jacking everything A&M posts??? And has a VERY similar name????
    http://www.androidme.org/hardware/phones/motorola-droid-3-to-underline-omap4-motorola-targa-to-initial-phone-with-quad-core-nvidia-kal-el.html

  19. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    @Name required… Go get a life and keep your opinions to yourself… @Hans.. same things for you too TROLL

  20. AdaMGuest 4 years ago

    MMmmm :) Targa! :D

  21. ShaundizzleGuest 4 years ago

    I think that droid 3 is impressive. That is, if the droid 2 has a4 row keyboard which I think it does.

    But the targa seems pretty cool too. Although I guarantee another company will blow it out of the water since they now have an idea of what motorola is up to

    • SheilaGuest 4 years ago

      I guess iPhone FIVE is going to be even more impressive

  22. #ifiwastowinthelottery I would buy EVERY android device ever made!

  23. KyleGuest 4 years ago

    I’m not exactly impressed with the current upcoming VZ android lineup, I’d like to believe the Targa to be real so I can consider it the successor to my Incredible! However, the lockscreen says the date is 01/18/2010.

    Am I the only one that thinks there is something wrong with that?

  24. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  25. TomasGuest 4 years ago

    Can’t wait for the Targa….I hope motorola puts at least 1GB of ram on this baby…512MB is not cutting it. Every other contender is making their phones with 1GB.

  26. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  27. Richard YarellGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  28. Richard YarrelllGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010..… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!

  29. Richard YarelGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t jump the gun just on this Verizon business. 2011 belongs to the new Htc Evo2/3d period. My current Htc Evo 4g owners will enjoy this summer with the best device as we did in 2010… HTC Shooter: Could this Be the Next EVO for Sprint? http://phandroid.com/?p=43635!!

  30. ZackGuest 4 years ago

    Droid 3!!!

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