As expected, Verizon has officially announced the DROID 3 by Motorola, which we saw sprout up on the company's site in recent hours. The keyboard-equipped handset is, Verizon claims, the world's thinnest QWERTY smartphone, and offers a 4-inch qHD 960 x 540 touchscreen, slide-out 5-row 'board and 8-megapixel camera with 1080p Full HD video capture.
Inside is a dual-core 1GHz processor, OS is Android 2.3, and there's mobile hotspot functionality to share the DROID 3's EVDO Rev.A connection among WiFi-tethered clients. You get World Phone roaming support, too, with an integrated 3G WCDMA modem, though sadly no 4G LTE. The DROID 3 also ushers in Verizon's new data plans, kicking off from $30 for 2GB of data.
There's HDMI screen mirroring, together with Citrix GoToMeeting and Receiver for enterprise users wanting to log into online meetings or their work desktop while on the move. Motorola also preloads QuickOffice, and there's various enterprise-friendly stuff like device and SD card encryption, complex password support and remote data wiping of both the DROID 3 and its SD card.
A front-facing camera, smart dock which allows the DROID 3 to open different apps depending on whether it's at home, at the office or in the car, and Flash Player 10.3 support round out the key specs. The Verizon DROID 3 by Motorola is available online now and in-store from July 14, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement.