updated 06:10 pm EDT, Tue October 20, 2009
Moto Calgary Verizon's third Android phone
Motorola's frequently rumored Calgary has been confirmed today through a leak of both images and details. Once thought to be the codename for what became the Droid, the Calgary is now known by BGR to be a second Motorola Android phone for Verizon and will use the MOTOBLUR social networking-centric interface from the Cliq instead of the stock Android 2.0 release on the Droid. The slip further reveals that the newly uncovered smartphone will have an optical trackpad as a backup to the touchscreen.
The look of the phone and its hardware features are a virtual match for what's been leaked before and revolve around a Sidekick-like design that pushes up a central screen to reveal the QWERTY keyboard. Its camera will snap photos at three megapixels instead of five, but GPS, Wi-Fi and a microSDHC slot will still be present. While not mentioned, native EVDO-based 3G is all but certain.
Performance is said to be fast even in the pre-release stage.
A release date is still a mystery for the Calgary, though the earliest leaks had it shipping before the end of the year. If so, it won't necessarily be the second Android phone for Verizon as the HTC Desire is also due before the end of 2009.