Will This Be Verizon’s First Android-Based Smartphone?

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There have been numerous unconfirmed reports saying that Verizon is going to release a smartphone running Google’s Android OS, but so far details have been few and far between.

Sources agree that this model is being designed by Motorola, and a rendering of an early version of this model leaked out this spring.

Motorola Smartphone for VerizonNow, what is apparently a much more recent picture of this smartphone has emerged, along with a number of other details, including the code-name, Sholes.

While it can’t be confirmed that this model runs Android, it definitely has the Verizon and Motorola logos, and has the same general shape as the earlier image: a slider with a horizontally-oriented QWERTY keyboard. The screen will supposedly have a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (WVGA+).

According to the source for this image, this smartphone will have 256 MB of RAM and will ship with a 16 GB microSD card, which can be swapped out for a larger one when available.

It will be able to access Verizon’s EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband network, and also sport Wi-Fi b/b and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR.

This Motorola smartphone will also reportedly include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.

Overall, it will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, 0.54 inches thick, and 6.0 ounces (115.8 mm wide, 60.0 mm tall, 13.70 mm thick, and 169 g).

It’s an Android Phone
If it really is based on Android, this device will have a highly-functional web browser, and include tie-ins to a number of Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps. There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available for this operating system.

Verizon is expected to launch this model in October.

UPDATE
A second image of the Sholes has emerged, from a different source. This appears to be an actual picture, rather than a rendering. It can be seen here.

Source: motofan.ru and Phone Arena, via Engadget

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