The original Motorola Milestone did pretty well on launch day, and the next-gen Droid 2 launch in the US helped save Motorola from bankruptcy and irrelevancy. The family also went a long way to triple Android’s popularity in the US market. Now the immense success of the Milestone / Droid family is being continued with its 3rd generation, which has been announced in China as the Milestone 3.
The Milestone 3 has poked its head out from behind Motorola’s locked doors many times before, and even had a very detailed review was released a few days back. The device that was originally being leaked was suspected to be the Droid 3, and though it’s officially the Milestone 3 for now, a Verizon launch could still happen.
Normally we see the Droid line of phones being released in America for Verizon, then Europe gets the Milestone shortly after, but apparently Motorola is changing things up a bit. This announcement of the Milestone 3 did not bring any more detail about the next Droid 3’s release date, but it does make it obvious that we will see it very soon.
Specification-wise, this device doesn’t stand out in the crowd very much. It runs a dual core 1GHz processor – most likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon. It has a qHD high resolution display, and moves up in the world to 4.0 inches diagonal screen size. Out the box it runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but no word on which version of Gingerbread exactly is being used on this phone. It keeps the Milestone (Droid) heritage with a 5 row QWERTY keyboard available for those quick replies and still offers a good camera for on-the-go pictures, and upgraded to 8 megapixels from last generation’s 5.
This phone has a lot going for it, and it’s nice to see that China is adding a little more Google in their diet. The phone should be launched in Europe any time now, and hopefully Verizon costumers will see it on the shelves before back to school shopping season is over.