A tipster dropped a link our way early this morning to a GLBenchmark 2.0 results browser page that might be of interest to many. Hit that page and you'll find a complete run of the current GLBenchmark 2.0 suite, and a bit of a confirmation about what is and isn't the upcoming Motorola Droid 3. It isn't Tegra 2, it's OMAP 4430.

First off, the hardware specifications that we can glean from the information page seem to make it a virtually identical match with the specs of the Motorola Milestone 3, or XT883. That means a qHD 960x540 display likely 4" in size, hardware five-row QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3.4, a possible 1 GB of LPDDR2 (512 MB is the other less-desirable, rumored number), 8 MP rear camera, front camera, and of course an accompanying CDMA2000 baseband for Verizon. 


Given the number of recent flagship Motorola product launches with Tegra 2 SoCs, starting with the Motorola Atrix, the Droid X2, and the now-delayed Droid Bionic it seemed that a flagship (read: QWERTY keyboard-packing) summer Motorola Droid launch with Tegra 2 was inevitable. From the results page, it now seems that the Motorola Droid 3 will include a 1GHz OMAP 4430 SoC with PowerVR SGX 540 graphics, and not a Tegra 2. 

The model in the results browser is codenamed "Solana" which matches the codename we've heard about for the Verizon-bound Motorola Droid 3. The photos below are of the XT883 which the Motorola Droid 3 will undoubtedly bear an uncanny resemblance to. 

Motorola Milestone 3 - XT883 for China (courtesy: Motorola Mobility)

The benchmarks themselves paint an interesting picture, and while we're at it I've tossed in some other devices we have in-hand but haven't finished our full reviews of yet for comparison with these results from the Motorola Droid 3. Again GLBenchmark 2.0 runs we're reporting here are at native resolution for the respective devices, which we've now included in the description line for comparison. For a quick refresher, WVGA is 800x480, FWVGA is 854x480, and qHD is 960x540. 

GLBenchmark 2.0 - Egypt

GLBenchmark 2.0 - PRO

I've highlighted the previous Motorola Droid 2 results (which we reviewed last year) just for fun to illustrate how far we've come in one calendar year. 

The Motorola Droid 3 results are impressive, edging out the Adreno 220-packing HTC Sensation and EVO 3D in the more demanding Egypt test, but not quite in Pro. No doubt this is thanks at least partially to the newer Imagination drivers which give a small performance boost. 

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  • Exodite - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    I believe one of the reasons for the performance, aside from the fairly high GPU clocks, is the superior memory bandwidth of OMAP.

    Since smartphone GPUs don't have dedicated memory this can make a lot of difference depending upon the application.
  • Lucian Armasu - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    Don't confuse the PowerVR SGX 540 in OMAP 4 for the PowerVR SGX 540 in Hummingbird. It's been overclocked and improved, and has about 50% higher performance than before. Just look what kind of FPS Galaxy S and Nexus S are getting vs Evo 3D and Droid 3.
  • Lucian Armasu - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    I meant Optimus 3D*
  • softdrinkviking - Monday, June 20, 2011 - link

    does anyone know if this is going to be pentile for sure?
    i read a couple of reports that said it probably would, but i was still hoping that the US version would stick with the IPS screen on the droid 2 which i liked way better.

    i have used the atrix a lot, and i really don't like the screen, i find it washed out, blurry, and difficult to read text on.
    really, really hoping the droid 3 doesn't have that same screen.
  • Pete_ - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    Yes, it will for-sure have the PenTile screen. I'm using it right now on my recent Droid X2 upgrade (which I may send back for the Droid 3) -- I hated it quite a bit when I first got it last week, but I've grown used to it, and going from a 4.3" DX2 screen to a 4.0" D3 screen may make it all the less noticeable. Odd to say: but it's far less of an issue for me now.
  • chocoberryp - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link


    Here it is. SGS2 just rocks.
  • DrChemist - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    How come you left out the benchmark of the Galaxy S2. One of the fastest out of the bunch I would think and they do have it available in Korea and later here.
  • PyroHoltz - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the info Brian.

    One question, have you considered normalizing the charts based on pixels per device?

    Other than that, let's hope this device does in fact ship w/ 1GB of DDR2.
  • ebilcake - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    Galaxy S II is faster than all of them,

    Updated result sfor you guys.

    Galaxy S II Retail

    Egypt - 43 fps
    Pro - 59.9 fps (Yes limited by 60 fps limit)

    Please stop refering to outdated results from a pre-release model.
  • ebilcake - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - link

    A nice phone, droid phones are usually decent but never cutting edge performace.

    Galaxy S II outscores it but for some reason not included in the results.

    This is what the Galaxy S II scores for comparision.

    Eqypt - 43 fps
    Pro - 59.9 fps (60 fps cap)

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