OK, so the phone snagged by Chinese site xda.cn and given an in-depth hands-on review isn’t exactly the Motorola DROID 3, but it’s the next best thing. The Motorola Milestone 3 — as with the Milestone and Milestone 2 — is for all intents and purposes the same phone that will get the Droid name when it lands in the States. We’ve seen that handset leaked numerous times, but this new up close look is revealing a few more interesting tidbits.
For starters, the phone’s 4-inch qHD display will feature the same PenTile display technology found in recent Motorola handsets. The technology provides certain benefits that are beneficial to a mobile handset, though many complaints have been registered against color reproduction and sharpness of images on PenTile screens. Whether you love or hate it, PenTile tech ultimately does a disservice to a qHD display.
The Droid 3/Milestone 3 is also confirmed to carry a meager 512MB of RAM. A dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor helps to make up for it a bit, but all that processing power won’t mean much if there isn’t enough RAM to handle it. Still, benchmarks report some pretty stellar performance.
Throw in a lack of 4G LTE and the Droid 3 might be a hard sell for some. Of course, the 5-row QWERTY slider is sure to win over fans of physical keyboards, and an 8MP 1080p camera and front-facing camera will insure that the Droid 3 is a worthy addition to Verizon’s lineup.