Motorola has officially announced the Droid 3 for Canada, yet, not at all unexpectedly, it’s not going to be called that. Since Verizon is exclusively using that brand for phones, Motorola has launched the same device under the name XT883 in China already. And now it’s Canada’s turn.
Bell will exclusively release what we know as the Droid 3 as the XT860 4G. Despite the sad name, this is a very capable Android-powered smartphone, just like Verizon’s version. It has a 4-inch qHD (960×540) capacitive touchscreen, a full side-sliding 5-row physical QWERTY keyboard, dual-core 1 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a secondary front-facing camera, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The official word is that it will be out at Bell “this summer”, however MobileSyrup has heard that the XT860 4G may become available in early August. That’s less than a month away, so Canadian fans of both Android and QWERTY keyboards will soon be able to get “the world’s thinnest QWERTY slider phone” (as billed by Bell and Motorola).