Motorola’s Droid 3 has been specc’d and benchmarked well before its June 17 China debut. Three weeks later, Verizon Wireless brings the latest and greatest Droid smartphone to America. A quick reminder: The Droid 3 runs the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread version, has a four-inch qHD display at 960-by-540 pixel resolution, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture and a speedy dual-core 1GHz OMAP processor from Texas Instruments. Key thing: It’s available both with the usual two-year wireless contract for $200 and without a contract for $460, direct from Verizon Wireless here. And don’t forget that Verizon no longer offers unlimited data plans. Full release below.

Verizon Wireless Introduces The Next Generation DROID Delivering Power And Performance: The DROID 3 By Motorola

Full Keyboard, No Compromises; DROID 3 by Motorola Available Online Today

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the new Android-powered DROID 3 by Motorola, a global smartphone that delivers power for work and play without making compromises.

DROID 3 by Motorola is the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone, and still delivers the power of a dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast multi-tasking. Customers can take stunning photos with the 8-megapixel camera or capture the moment in 1080p HD video. Equipped with Android 2.3, the DROID 3 by Motorola features a brilliant 4-inch qHD display, a roomy 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, with the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. DROID 3 by Motorola delivers the power needed to conquer the day whether customers are at home, work or somewhere in between.

Additional features:

• powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread • mirror mode allows you to view and share photos, videos and movies on a larger TV via HDMI output (requires HDMI cable) • global ready, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds • enterprise ready with advanced security policies, device and SD card encryption, complex password support, remote data wipe of device and SD card; document and presentation viewing and editing with Quickoffice • Citrix GoToMeeting for Android, gives users the ability to attend online meetings while on-the-go, and Citrix Receiver for Android, a universal software client that allows companies to deliver corporate apps, desktops and data to any corporate- or employee-owned device • ESP smart dock technology for a tailored experience based on whether DROID 3 is docked in home, office or car settings • Adobe Flash Player 10 • front-facing camera for still shots and video chat • video playback in 1080p HD in mirror mode

Pricing and availability:

DROID 3 by Motorola is now available online at www.verizonwireless.com, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores by July 14 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Customers that purchase a DROID 3 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. New Verizon Wireless customers will have the option of smartphone plans starting at $30 for 2GB of data. Current Verizon Wireless smartphone customers who are upgrading their smartphone can keep their current data plan.

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