updated 06:20 pm EDT, Thu July 14, 2011
Motorola XT860 4G brings Droid 3 to Bell
The first version of the Motorola Droid 3 in the West outside of Verizon arrived on Thursday through Bell Canada. The XT860 4G is identical on the outside but has a much faster 14.4Mbps HSPA Internet link and the needed GSM calls. What software changes if any weren't detailed, but the Android 2.3 phone is expected to ship with TuneWiki to stream music and podcasts as well as likely Bell preloaded apps.
Outside of the switch in phone networks, the XT860 is a match for the Droid 3 with a dual-core 1GHz, TI OMAP 4430 processor, a four-inch 540x960 display, and both rear eight-megapixel and front VGA cameras. Motorola's hallmark features are both the thinnest QWERTY slider phone on the market as well as a rare five-row key design that gives users a dedicated number row without sacrificing the other keys.
Bell and Motorola will only commit to having the new phone on shelves sometime this summer, though the release window means a release no later than September.