By Chuong Nguyen | August 25, 2010 6:30 PM
At the time of its release, the Motorola Droid, which later became the first mainstream Android handset to capture Android fame, was initially speculated to have been designed for Windows Phone. Less than a year ago when the handset debuted, many still believed Microsoft’s forthcoming OS would be called Windows Mobile 7–that later evolved to Windows Phone 7–and it was believed by industry insiders that the Motorola Droid was awaiting a Windows Mobile brain. However, delays on releasing Windows Mobile 7/Windows Phone 7 by Microsoft led an impatient OEM by the name of Motorola to use competitor Google’s Android operating system and we can say the rest is history.
However, a recent Motorola Droid knock-off, which still bears the Motorola name bright and center on the handset, was caught with Windows Mobile 6.5. If those Windows Phone Motorola Droid rumors were true, this knock-off is an homage to Motorola’s initial impetus to creating the Droid’s iconic industrial design, and also to the original Windows Mobile vision that the manufacturer had intended but never saw fulfilled.
There are some differences with this knock-off. For one, the screen measures 3.5-inch rather than the full 3.7 inches of the original, and has a WVGA resolution rather than the longer FWVGA 16:9 resolution of the Droid. It is powered by a Huawei 533 MHz CPU, has a 3-megapixel cam, and supports dual SIM cards on the 900/1800 MHz frequencies along with GPS, WiFi, and FM receiver. Needless to say, we won’t probably see this released in the States any time soon, but it’s sort of a throwback to the Droid’s initial, well-intended, but never fulfilled destiny running Windows Mobile.
There are also subtle hardware differences on the back side, but the overall incarnation of this fake is a pretty good reproduction.