Motorola has announced the latest in its range of Fire/Spice
handsets with the Fire XT firmly aimed at the entry- to mid-level market.
The Motorola XT531 Fire, to give the handset its full and
less inspiring name, will come to Europe this autumn and will be “affordable”
according to Moto. The Fire XT will sit alongside the Motorola Defy as part of the company’s budget range of Android handsets.
The Fire XT features a 3.5in HVGA capacitive multitouch
display and will come with the latest version of Android which we presume with
be some flavour of Gingerbread. This will be overlayed with the Moto Switch UI
including some pre-loaded social media widgets and apps.
The budget aspect of the Fire XT shows when you look under
the hood. It is powered by an 800MHz processor and comes with 512MB of RAM.
However connectivity is pretty impressive with dual-band HSDPA, quad-band EDGE,
an FM radio with RDS support, Wi-Fi b/g/n, an E-compass, a proximity sensor, an
ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, GPS and AGPS.
On the rear is a five megapixel camera with flash and, for
video calling, a VGA camera on the front. Moto is promising a battery life of
eight hours talk time and 28 hours of standby in 3G mode.
The Motorola Fire XT will be sold outside Europe as the
Motorola Spice XT and will be available sometime this autumn. There’s no word
on pricing yet.