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Without keyboard, is this the next Motorola Droid?

New photos have appeared on the website Androidin of an allegedly next-generation Droid device that, among other things, excludes a physical keyboard.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

One of my main beefs in my first review of the Motorola Droid smartphone was that it had a slide-out keyboard.

I don't have a problem with physical keyboards per se -- after all, the Droid is awfully skinny even with it -- but I would have liked to have had another option as a matter of preference. After all, some of us dig physical keyboards, and some of us don't.

I actually gave the folks at Motorola feedback about this on several occasions, including when their first Android handset, the Cliq, was released.

Looks like they were listening.

New photos have appeared on the website Androidin of an allegedly next-generation Droid device that, among other things, excludes a physical keyboard.

Some sites are calling the device a "Sholes" XT701 tablet, referencing the device's original codename, but I'm not willing to go that far. The device is supposedly loaded with Android 2.1, has a 3.7-inch screen (same size as current Droid/Milestone), FM radio and 5-megapixel camera, HDMI port and is expected to come to China.

I'm not sure what the right-hand "bump" on the device is for -- the current device has a "chin" at the bottom -- but I'm excited to see another vendor besides HTC try to compete directly with the iPhone as a touch-only smartphone device.

What do you think?

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