22
May
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A user over at Howard Forums has leaked what appears to be a ‘Getting Started’ manual for an as of yet unknown Motorola phone. Rumor has it that this is the Motorola Shadow/MB810, a phone that we’ve seen in random leaks here and there for the last few months.

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Apparently it’s an ultra-thin slider, which has some speculating that it will be Verizon’s follow up the original Droid. If this is in fact the MB810, then we know a little bit about the expected specs:

  • 4.3 inch screen
  • HDMI port
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • 1080P Video Recording
  • 802.11 b/g/n

This info all came via Engadget’s past coverage of the device here and here. Along with the aforementioned specs, the previous leaks also revealed another image, this one oddly distorted:

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You can certainly see similarities in shape between this photo and the one on the ‘Getting Started’ guide, but we’re still not able to confirm 100% that the images are of the same phone.

It will be interesting to see, at this point, what version of Android the phone ships with. While the phone clearly has a revamped interface (new version of Blur?), you can tell that the device is not running Froyo. How can you tell? Well, take a look at the notifications bar in the picture, and then take a look at the notification bar of a phone running Froyo.

Froyo’s notification bar:

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The notification bar from the manual (I know the size/quality is significantly less, but you can still see what I’m getting at):

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Notice anything different? Probably not. Take a look at the time. Notice how ‘PM’ is formatted in the Froyo screenshot? It’s a bit smaller than the time itself. This is something that they’ve only started doing in Froyo, so it seems that, at least at the time the picture was taken for the manual, the phone is running something less than 2.2.

This doesn’t mean that they can’t flash the phones with Froyo before they ship, but I figured it’d be interesting to point out none the less.

So what do you think? Do you think this phone is the Shadow/MB810/Droid 2? Sound off in the comments.

Via: Engadget

Source: Howard Forums

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
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  • Osbor

    i very much hope this doesn't ship with blur. i dislike blur greatly, and would probably flash the phone ASAP to froyo

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      I haven't tried out the old blur builds, but this one seems to be a bit more polished/professional and less bubbly/teenager looking, so at least it has that going for it.

      • Osbor

        but, blur almost by definition is bubbly and teenager looking.

        either way, i would put sense 2.1 on this thing so fast i'd break the sound barrier

  • anonym

    The Youtube widget is also different from Froyo.

  • Gamby

    Carriers should start a "build a phone" program where you can select both the hardware and software that goes on the phone. For example, I like the large screen of this phone but I'm not a big fan of physical keyboards so i would opt for a model that didn't have one. I'd also like a vanilla android build so i can stay up to date with newer releases of android. Other customers might prefer a physical keyboard as well as motoblur or even HTC's Sense and they should be able to ask for that too. If you can do it with regular computers/laptops and even nike sneakers, why not smartphones?

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      Ha, that'd be great! Would love to see this happen with in the next few years.

    • Osbor

      never going to happen, bro :(
      hardware manufacturers use software exclusivity as a bargaining chip when dealing with carriers. the carriers have to buy the phones after all

  • DrCheap

    If it lacks a hardware keyboard, I won't even consider buying it.

    Other than that, the froyo issue is minor for me, as I am sure we would quickly be able to flash it up with custom roms ourselves. The bigger priorities would be stripping off blur and then seeing if we can oc the processor to bring it up to performance of the droid...

    Actually, think about that... I will soon be able to flash froyo onto my moto droid, I can oc it to 1ghz stable and cool, and I have a hw keyboard, lots of custom roms, and great community support.

    Some of the new bells and whistles on this (HDMI, etc.) might be tempting, but I don't see this phone being a replacement for my droid.

  • ally weir

    That status bar is motoblur's own design, does not reflect on OS version