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Motorola Unveils 'DEXT' Android Smartphone

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Motorola Unveils 'DEXT' Android Smartphone

The great Motorola Android smartphone unveiling wasn't meant to happen until next week...

Still, clearly Motorola likes to spoil its own surprises because late last night it decided to quietly launch its first Google Android based handset: the 'Dext' or (to confuse everyone) the 'Cliq', as it will be known in the US.

The Dext is (thankfully) a lot different the previously leaked Motorola Android handset we saw last month (though that could still come) and carries a rather nice spec list. A 3.1in 320 x 640 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 5MP camera with autofocus and Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and MySpace integration (no Flickr?), accelerometer and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the hardware side the only snags were no mention of the internal memory (though there is a 32GB compatible microSD expansion slot) and the choice of the Qualcomm MSM7201a chipset which is nothing out of the ordinary (certainly no flyer like the A8 Cortex in the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre).

That said, where the magic really happens is in the software. Much like HTC Sense, Motorola has taken the time to customise the Android v1.5 OS at its core to create 'MotoBlur' which brings live messages, contact information and content "regardless of source" directly to the homescreen. The idea is to make the handset as much a social handset as a smart one, the company claims. Like HTC Sense, the Dext/Cliq will be just the first Android MotoBlur handset with it forming the core for the next generation of Motorola handsets.

Pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, but I shouldn't think we'll have to wait long. Is this enough to save Motorola? It's certainly a large step in the right direction...

In related news Two more Motorola Android handsets have been leaked. Codenamed the MB200 and MB300, they are also Qwerty sliders like the Dext and feature HSDPA and WiFi. Little else is known other than the MB200 is said to have a 320 x 480 resolution touchscreen and VGA camera - which suggests they will be more budget orientated models. Perhaps there will be something to announce on 15 September after all...

Links:

Press Release

MB200 & MB300 via CellPassion.com

en1gma

September 11, 2009, 3:01 pm

but why make it look like an iPhone (face-on, with the keyboard hidden)??? Where's the style????

Simon

September 11, 2009, 4:49 pm

That phone looks rubbish. Someone really should tell Motorola to just give up.

Sukanta

September 11, 2009, 5:35 pm

would rather reserve the comments on looks untill we dont have the pricing info.. If it sweetly priced I rather forgo the looks.. :)

Helmore

September 11, 2009, 5:37 pm

There was a launch event on the 10th of September in the US. That is where they unveiled this phone. They will probably still have something new to announce on the 15th though, so don't worry. Sanjay Jha (Co-CEO of Motorola) has indicated that they will be launching/unveiling quite a lot of Android phones in the coming months.





@Simon - This phone is meant to be an entry level phone. I actually think it looks pretty good for an entry level phone, maybe you should look for some hands-on video to get a better impression on what this phone really looks like. One example would be this video over here: http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...





The hardware specs are what you would expect from a lower end phone these days, it has roughly the same internals as the HTC Hero. The better part though, is that most people whom have had some hands-on time with the phone say it is much more responsive and quick than the HTC Hero though and some even claim that the MotoBlur interface is much better than HTC Sense.

DrDark

September 11, 2009, 6:49 pm

Apart from the HTC Sense UI making the Hero a bit sluggish, I'd say it looks way better than that MotoBlur. Again, just initial impression, but I hate that weird confusing "comic-book speech bubbles" home screen. Ugh!

Kanu

September 12, 2009, 4:03 pm

Motorola should stick to a prepackaged OS and dont "customize" or mess with it. Designing interfaces is the thing they are WORST at.

Zero

September 23, 2009, 12:02 am

Its about time Motorola had a new phone! And this is it!!! Shame there is no flash on the camerea but hey its Auto focus

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