There aren’t enough metaphors I can use to describe how Motorola’s first-gen Droid impacted the then-crude smartphone market, boosting Android’s reputation and helping Google fend off the Apple threat.
But since lightning never strikes the same place twice, Droid’s successors proved far less revolutionary than the 2009 handheld, reaching the point of no return last year, when the Droid 4 was launched in complete anonymity.
Wait, did I say “point of no return?” Well, believe it or not, I may be proven wrong over the next couple of months. If we are to give credence to a series of leaked photos posted on Weibo (aka China’s Twitter,) a fifth entry in the Droid series is in the making and, I’m guessing, very near to its completion.
This fellow doesn’t look any less boring than its predecessor, but we’ve seen a number of smartphones rocking physical QWERTY keyboards go official of late, so who knows, maybe these kinds of gizmos are making an unlikely comeback after all.
Besides, the Droid 5 is tipped to up the ante in a key department, being likely to sport a 4.3- to 4.5-inch touchscreen with an HD resolution. Other rumored features include 4G LTE, NFC support, wireless charging and… resistance to water and dust. Well, well, well, talk about a productive, outdoorsy little devil.
Now if only it were to feature a blazing fast CPU too (cough, X8, cough), keep the weight as low as possible (as in under 180 grams or so) and somehow also be priced sensibly. That’s a mighty tall order, eh?