Before you go – “seriously?”, please note that we DON’T have any inside information – it’s just me speculating.
Second, now that the DROID 4 is almost officially announced, it’s only natural Motorola will be looking for the rest of the world (outside of the U.S.) to get even more sales. And since “DROID” phones are Verizon’s thing, they’ll use some other name (Milestone) for the international version of the device.
That said, we expect to see the Motorola Milestone 4 announced from the floor of the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
CES is international show but it’s still mostly U.S.-centric. In that sense, leaving the announcement for Barcelona makes much more sense.
Of course I could be wrong and the American handset maker may easily unveil the Milestone 4 even before the big show, but what will they announce if not Milestone 4? As far as we know, there’s an Android phone with 720p screen in the pipeline and perhaps some device (phone and/or tablet) with quad-core processor, but those are on a long tail. The Milestone 4 with HSPA+ connectivity sounds like something Motorola could start shipping within weeks if not days after the show, presuming they find carrier partners.
Finally to further “prove” this speculation, I’ll remind you on the last year’s MWC when Motorola announced Motorola Pro, which is the international version of the DROID Pro. I believe they’ll follow this pattern this time round as well. We’ll see…