Motorola goes mini with bijou blowers
Motorola Mobility has slimmed down its handset range, signalling the launch of two new Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones this spring.
First up is the Motorola Motoluxe, a device that runs on an 800MHz processor and features a 4in "edge-to-edge" touchscreen display. There's also an 8Mp rear-facing camera, a front-facing 0.3Mp webcam and a 1400mAh battery that provides, claimed Moto, 6.5 hours of talk time.
As this is geared towards the style-conscious hipsters out there, Motorola is touting the Motoluxe's "lanyard slot with lighting effect", which will optically alert a user when they have a missed call, text or email. Yes, how very stylish.
Next up is the latest incarnation to the company's rugged range of Defy phones, the Motorola Defy Mini. As the name suggests, the hardened handset is a smaller version of its predecessors, running a 600MHz processor.
The Defy Mini rocks up with a 3.2in touchscreen, a 3Mp rear-facing camera and a 1650mAh battery for ten hours' talk time.
Both handsets will be on show at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, before Europe-wide shipping begins in February. Prices have yet to be confirmed. ®
Boilerplate response follows:
Gingerbread? In Spring 2012?
I don't like it...
...but I know why. Engineering timescales are a year or so behind Google. These phones would have been planned ages ago, when Gingerbread was the latest OS.
Of course it wouldn't matter so much if an ICS update was guaranteed, but I doubt that's likely to happen...
Pretty are they?
The reason for shipping in spring 2012
Well they have to lock the bootloader, despite their promises and what consumers want.
Then after huge number of complaints about motoblur and it's delay of updates for motorola phones, what do they do? They rename motoblur of course.
So basically you get Gingerbread (announced Dec 2010) in spring 2012 because Motorola wants to add their customizations to it (which I'm fine with), then lock the bootloader so you/community can't fix it (which I'm not fine with).
Is it really that bad an idea to let someone install a pure ICS image?