Droid 3 hits Bell as Motorola XT860 4G, no price / release date

By Posted 18 Jul 2011, 19:59

We sometimes write about dozens of different smartphones in one day, therefore it can be quite difficult to keep up-to-date with all of the latest gossip and news, one thing which makes things more difficult is when a carrier decides to call a device by a different name, today we can reveal that this is exactly what the Canadian carrier Bell has done with the Motorola Droid 3.

Currently we do not know when Bell will begin offering this impressive smartphone, or how much it will cost, but we can confirm that it will be known as the Motorola XT860 4G, don’t be fooled by the overcomplicated name as it is exactly the same as the Motorola Droid 3 which hit Verizon Wireless earlier month.

In a press release Bell stated that the XT860 4G will be available this summer, therefore we expect a release date to arrive within the next six weeks or so, we will have to keep you posted as we hear more. In terms of a price it is hard to say, currently Bell sell the HTC Sensation 4G for $149.95 as long as you agree a plan which costs a minimum of $50 per month, we think that the XT860 4G will be priced similarly.

You can see full tech specs over at Motorola.com, as you can see by the smartphone’s new name it connects to Bell’s HSPA+ 4G network, this allows for speeds of up to 42Mbps and is said to cover 96% of Canada’s population. You can find out more about Bell’s HSPA+ network here, apparently there LTE network is coming soon, however with speeds of up to 42Mbps we think its HSPA+ network is pretty desirable already.

So why buy the Motorola XT860 4G? Well, firstly as it connects to Bell’s 4G network we can safely say that it is pretty future proof, in fact even when Bell’s LTE network goes live 4G speeds should be sufficient. Also if your fingers don’t get on with on-screen keyboards this smartphone features an impressive QWERTY slider and a 1GHz dual-core processor has been thrown in for good measure, while we are hear we might as well mention its massive 4-inch qHD display and 8 megapixel camera which captures video at 1080p, if you look more deeply into the specs there is pretty much everything else you want from a high-end smartphone, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pulls everything together to make it a joy to use.

When we hear of pricing and release date information we will keep you posted, will you upgrade to the Bell Motorola XT860 4G or wait for LTE?

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