Motorola Droid series continues to proliferate: Droid 4 coming soon

Remember back in July when Verizon launched the Motorola Droid 3 smartphone? Cutting edge! State of the art! And apparently, about to become obsolete five months later.

Droid-Life has been following the story. I hadn't heard boo about the Motorola Droid 4 when I cut out of the office early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving break, but since then DL has revealed specs and a launch date. Now as always, none of this is confirmed yet so take it all with a grain of salt, but basically we're talking about an LTE device with a dual core 1.2 Ghz processor, a 4" screen and of course a slide-out keyboard. Reportedly launching on December 8th.

That's also been one of the rumored launch dates of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus; would Verizon launch both at once? Or did the intel get twisted along the way and the Nexus rumors really were about the Droid 4? That remains to be seen.

It's kind of incredible that, roughly two years from the launch of the original Motorola Droid, we're going to see the Droid 4. I'm as big a fan of progress in the gadget world as anyone, but does this seem almost too fast to anyone else? Maybe Motorola needs to start skipping every other iteration or something. It has to be disheartening to buy the latest model in a phone series on a two year contract and five months in see a newer model launch.

In general terms Verizon seems to be determined to drown us in high end phones: the Droid Bionic, the Droid Razer, the HTC Rezound, and soon the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Droid 4. The Bionic is $200 on contract and is a few months old, but the others are, or are expected to be, $299 on a two-year contract. We may be entering "too much of a good thing" territory.

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