Motorola Droid 3: Coming Soon?

The phone that helped may soon have a sleek new sibling.

A fresh set of leaked images is fueling speculation that Motorola's Droid 3 smartphone could be nearing its release. The images popped up on the site of this week and were spotted by the gumshoes over at .

The photos show a phone similar in design to the and the follow-up and -- but with some notable improvements. The device depicted has a 4-inch screen compared to the previous models' 3.7-inch displays. It also gains a front-facing camera and an updated design, with a flatter and more uniform front.

So is this really the Motorola Droid 3, and will we really see it anytime soon? At this point, your guess is as good as mine. There's certainly no official info from Verizon or Motorola yet -- heck, neither company has even acknowledged that the phone exists -- but this latest leak does match up with previous clues about the device.

Back in March, someone of a phone said to be the Droid 3 to Howard Forums, a popular mobile user community. Those images look very similar to the new ones found today. One of them shows a revamped QWERTY keyboard with five rows, including one dedicated exclusively to numbers.

In February, meanwhile, tipsters told Android blog that the Droid 3 would feature a 4-inch screen with 960-by-540 resolution. They reported that the phone would launch sometime in the second quarter of the year -- in other words, within the next two months.