Verizon is going to launch the much-anticipated Motorola Droid later this week, and an unconfirmed report says this high-end Android-based smartphone is also on its way to T-Mobile USA.
T-Mobile already offers several smartphones running Google’s OS, but none of them have the Droid’s 3.7-inch, WVGA+ display.
The evidence that this model is on the way to T-Mobile comes from a leaked screen taken from Motorola’s intranet. This shows a list of this company’s Android-based phones for T-Mobile, including two that haven’t been announced yet (see screenshot here):
- Sholes UMTS T-Mobile US
- Sholes Tablet T-Mobile US
The code-name for the Motorola Droid is Sholes, so apparently a version of this smartphone with support for T-Mobile’s 3G service (which uses UMTS) is in development.
Equally intriguing is the mention of a tablet version. This will likely offer the Droid’s large touchscreen without the sliding keyboard.
When either of these versions will be released is not known.
Also on the leaked list is the Morrison, the code-name for the Motorola Cliq, which is already available.
An Overview of the Motorola Droid
The Droid will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It is going to have a 3.7-inch, 854-by-480-pixel (WVGA+) capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback.
It will run Google Android 2.0, and will come with a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with this company’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps.
For professionals, the Droid will offer Exchange ActiveSync and a Microsoft Office file viewer, and there are thousands of additional apps available in the Android Market.
This smartphone will include a microSD card slot plus it will have a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.