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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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