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Motorola Droid 3 To Sport Same Chip As iPhone 5?

The Motorola Droid 3 has undergone a complete teardown courtesy of iFixit and apart from the fact that it is probably one of the best Android-powered handsets with a full QWERTY keyboard, it may also come with the same baseband chip as the iPhone 5.

The Droid 3 - which some say is not going to be sold in the UK - contains a dual core (opens in new tab) TI OMAP 4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz with PowerVR SGX540 graphics, 512MB RAM (rather than the expected 1GB), 16GB onboard storage as well as Qualcom MDM6600 baseband chip which is already used in the iPhone 4 and may be used by the iPhone 5.

Other components include a 4-inch qHD 960x540 pixel touchscreen (the same resolution as the Motorola Atrix and the HTC Sensation), a SIM card slot, an eight-megapixel rear camera with full HD recording capabilities and a front facing one.

iFixit found out that Motorola chose to swap screws for adhesive bonds in order to produce a very compact chassis which means that DIY repairs are likely to be near impossible.

Not surprisingly, the Motorola Droid 3 relies on Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and can be used as a mobile hotspot. Benchmarks carried out by Anandtech (opens in new tab) show that the Droid 3 will be competitive with the Adreno 220 and the Nvidia ULP Geforce GPU found in many competing smartphones.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.