The signs that Motorola was destined to be tied to Google are there for all to see. On the same day as the acquisition was announced, Motorola announce a new phone with a name very familiar to those at Google.
The Motorola Defy+ may not be an entirely new phone but the little plus symbol at the end of its name makes it seem very at home within the Google family. While the symbol at the end of Google+ denotes sharing, for Motorola, it denotes extra power.
When we reviewed the original Defy back in December of last year we were highly impressed with this fully-featured “rugged” phone. That phone featured an 800MHz TI OMAP3610 processor at its heart, but the new Defy+ will be powered by a “25 per cent faster” 1GHz processor.
Not only that, but it will come with an updated version of Android (2.3.3) which should help with the battery life of the Defy+. This is certainly welcome when you consider that the original was only shipped with Android 2.1.
After that, there’s not much to differentiate the Defy from the Defy+, though there will also be a slight battery upgrade to a 1700mAh model - up from 1500mAh in the original. Those looking to get their hands on the souped-up Defy model in the US however will be disappointed as, for now, Motorola is saying the Defy+ is coming to Europe, Asia and Latin America only this autumn.
No pricing has been announced yet.