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If true, that's a mighty powerful gadget. Other sources within the company reportedly went a bit further: This beast will run the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) Android operating system -- presumably the tasty Froyo version, at that -- and feature "everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today." Like the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) iPhone 4, it will have a gyroscope. Unlike Apple's finest, it will run Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE ) Flash, and the screen will be a marvel to behold.
OK, don't hold your breath waiting on it. As delicious as this sounds, and well within the realm of reason, some other claims seem to sink the credibility of the non-CEO tipsters. NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA ) is supposed to provide Tegra-based graphics hardware, seemingly separate from the main processor. But Tegra is a system-on-a-chip solution, and you would get the whole package or nothing at all. Furthermore, NVIDIA says that the latest and greatest Tegra line tops out at 1GHz speeds. The QUALCOMM (Nasdaq: QCOM ) Snapdragon that powers phones like the Google Nexus One and HTC Droid Incredible is just as fast, so that would be a step sideways at best.
Moreover, the best Android phones have this irritating habit of launching in Japan or Europe first, then trickling over to the States very slowly or not at all. If this magical 2GHz Motorola phone exists, Jha could be telling the truth, and we still wouldn't see the product over here until next year. The Droid 2 is slated for Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) Wireless this fall, but that's a very different product that won't have anywhere near this level of impressive hardware.
As much as I'd love to see monster phones like this as soon as possible, this particular spin of the rumor mill fails the sniff test. Android still might save Motorola's mobile bacon in the long run, and this sort of product should play a part in that drama. But it's a long turnaround process, and Motorola still might sell the phone division when it's all said and done.
Are you holding your breath for the next killer smartphone? Which one, then? Discuss your mobile dreams in the comments below.