Jul 07 AT 9:35 AM Alberto Vildosola 27 Comments

Verizon officially announces the Motorola Droid 3, available now for $199.99 (Update: videos)

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since Motorola and Verizon announced the original Motorola Droid. But here we are today, witnessing the release of the third generation of Droids. Verizon and Motorola finally announced today the availability of the Motorola Droid 3. The device has been showing itself on camera and leaking its specs for a while, but it’s always nice to see a new Android phone officially announced.

Even though the original Droid will always have a place in our hearts, the Droid 3 is miles ahead of its grandfather in terms of hardware. The Droid 3 takes things up a notch with the following specifications:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 4-inch qHD screen
  • 8 MP back-facing camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • HDMI out
  • 1540 mAh battery

Not too shabby. In case you’re wondering, the Droid 3 is running the latest version of MOTOBLOAT. I have to say, it doesn’t look that bad. At least compared to previous versions of Motorola’s custom skin. Time will tell if people like it or not.

You can claim a Droid 3 as your own right now by going to Verizon’s website and sacrificing $199.99 and two years of your life. If you’d rather get the in-person experience, you’ll have to wait until July 14th to buy one at a Verizon store. So what say you? Is this the Droid you’re looking for?
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the new Androidâ„¢-powered DROID 3 by Motorola, a global smartphone that delivers power for work and play without making compromises.

DROID 3 by Motorola is the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone, and still delivers the power of a dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast multi-tasking. Customers can take stunning photos with the 8-megapixel camera or capture the moment in 1080p HD video. Equipped with Android 2.3, the DROID 3 by Motorola features a brilliant 4-inch qHD display, a roomy 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, with the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. DROID 3 by Motorola delivers the power needed to conquer the day whether customers are at home, work or somewhere in between.

Additional features:

Powered by Androidâ„¢ 2.3 Gingerbread
Mirror mode allows you to view and share photos, videos and movies on a larger TV via HDMI output (requires HDMI cable)
Global ready, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds
Enterprise ready with advanced security policies, device and SD card encryption, complex password support, remote data wipe of device and SD card; document and presentation viewing and editing with Quickoffice®
Citrix® GoToMeeting® for Android, gives users the ability to attend online meetings while on-the-go, and Citrix Receiver® for Android, a universal software client that allows companies to deliver corporate apps, desktops and data to any corporate- or employee-owned device
ESP smart dock technology for a tailored experience based on whether DROID 3 is docked in home, office or car settings
Adobe® Flash® Player 10
Front-facing camera for still shots and video chat
Video playback in 1080p HD in mirror mode
Pricing and availability:

DROID 3 by Motorola is now available online at www.verizonwireless.com, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores by July 14 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Customers that purchase a DROID 3 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. New Verizon Wireless customers will have the option of smartphone plans starting at $30 for 2GB of data. Current Verizon Wireless smartphone customers who are upgrading their smartphone can keep their current data plan.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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Source: Verizon

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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