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The Next Droid: Motorola Shadow

by Travis Harvey | May 27, 2010May 27, 2010 6:40 pm PST

Last Fall, Motorola deployed what would be the first of many handsets carrying the Droid surname through an advertising campaign that that helped the device become the huge success it was.  More recently, HTC released the Droid Incredible, arguably the best Android device to date.  It seems we’re not far from seeing the next handset in the Droid family and it’s Motorola’s turn again.

Last week, a picture of what appears to be the Motorola Shadow’s ‘Getting Started’ manual popped up on a site called Howard Forums.  Unlike Motorola’s first Droid, the Shadow appears to forgo the slide-out keyboard in favor of an unconfirmed but massive 4.1-inch screen.  One thing’s for sure, Verizon’s got their name all over this… as they do with every other Droid on the market.

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More recently, Motorola fell victim to a lost prototype, a story we’ve all heard before.  Left behind at a Verizon corporate gym, one employee managed to snap a picture of the device along with a few hardware claims.  According to him (judging by the hand), the Shadow supposedly sports an 8 megapixel camera, Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch screen, HDMI port, and 16GB of storage.  Unsurprisingly the device was remotely locked and was inevitably returned to its owner.  Gizmodo reports that the employee who took the photo was fired.

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The poster on Howard Forums also managed to post yet another picture of the device laying on its side.  The HDMI slot is visible in the bottom right along with the four standard Android navigation buttons in physical form.  The poster is sticking by his or her claims that the screen is 4.1-inches alongside a 720 MHz ARM processor, and 8GB of storage.

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Which are you likely to believe?  Are you holding out to see if Motorola delivers?  Let us know what you think in the comments.