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Motorola MotoROI Swells Multi-touch Android Smartphone Ranks

Gordon Kelly


Motorola MotoROI Swells Multi-touch Android Phone Ranks

It was only back in September that Motorola unveiled its first Android smartphone, the Dext, but now it seemingly just can't get enough.

The recently rejuvenated company has followed up the Dext, Droid (aka Milestone) and Backflip with its fourth Android handset in four months: the curiously named MotoROI - and it is potentially the best of the lot.

Front and centre for the MotoROI are a 3.7in WVGA multi-touch capacitive display, an 8MP camera with Xenon flash, 720p HD video recording capabilities, DMB- TV, HSDPA, GPS, WiFi and funky connectivity that includes TV out and HDMI. In addition, users will also get practicalities such as 8GB of native memory plus a 32GB supporting microSD expansion slot and 3.5mm headphone jack. At launch the MotoROI will ship with Android 2.0 firmware, but will be updated to v2.1 soon after.

And now for the wonderful (and wholly inevitable snag): that DMB-TV spec may have given you a hint, but the MotoROI will only be available in Korea. No plans have been announced to release the smartphone elsewhere, but perhaps if we wish really, really hard...

Update: The MotoROI has been spotted in China under the less swanky 'XT701' - that still doesn't fill me full of hope though.

Update 2: Good news! Motorola Korea boss Rick Wolochatiuk has confirmed the MotoROI "will be launched in other markets around the world." Timeframe? March.


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January 19, 2010, 5:12 am

Be serious! Only in Korea?! I was getting very excited until I read that. 8MP camera with a real flash! This is sad.


January 19, 2010, 3:34 pm

a flood of very good Android handsets are coming our way, it seems: just in time for me, lol !


January 19, 2010, 4:55 pm

a real contender from MOtO! bring it on.. it looks slim & cool. When iphone 4G comes out, at least I have someone in mind to compare it to if it ever arrives in UK. why not?


January 19, 2010, 6:49 pm

"The Motoroi is a different model from the Droid, (Motorola's Android smartphone launched in the United States), and it will be launched in the United States around March," Bae Joon-dong, senior vice president of SK Telecom, said at a press conference.

- http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/N...

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