Motorola DEXT, also known as Motorola CLIQ in the US, is launching on Bell in Canada. The handset is now available for $79.95 on a 3 year contract. Alternately, you may also pick up a device without contract for $399.95.
Features wise, the device comes with
3.1 inch touchscreen display
5 megapixel camera
QWERTY Slider keyboard
2GB microSD (compatible up to 32GB)
Battery life of 6 hours talk time (325 hours standby)
3.5mm headphone jack
[via Bell Canada
MobileCrunch has gotten word on a new upcoming Motorola handset that has a refreshingly new form factor. Called Flipout, this is a square phone running Android 2.1 facelifted with Motorola’s BLUR UI.
Here are the notable features and tech specs we know so far
Platform : Android OS 2.1
Processor : 700 MHz processor
Display : 2.8 inches
Memory : 512 ROM and 256 MB RAM
Camera : 3.1 MP camera
Launch in US in expected to be in June
Last week, a Motorola MT820 was leaked in China. Engadget now reports that the device has taken on a minor name change and will now be Motorola MT810. While we do not have the complete list of tech specs or features as yet, here are some things we now at present
- Will work on China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network
- Will include China’s Wi-Fi standard – WAPI
- Include 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- 720p video capture
- Flip phone with outside capacitive sensor and a resistive touch screen on the screen inside – for those who want to use stylus for Chinese characters
An upcoming clamshell from Motorola has just been unveiled. The new Motorola WX415 Heartland has been spotted in the wild and some notable features include an external display, external music controls and touch sensitive screen.
There is little information available about the device otherwise, though we know it is a CDMA handset. No details on price or launch date as yet.
So, this is how it is going to look like
If all goes well, Motorola could be launching its own mobile operating system. Indications about this were offered by co-CEO Sanjay Jha in an interview with Bloomberg. Jha said,
“I’ve always felt that owning your OS is important, provided you have an ecosystem, you have all the services and you have an ability and the scale to execute on keeping that OS at the leading edge. And I continue to believe that at some point, if we have all of those attributes, that owning our own OS will be a very important thing.”
The company seems to be already working towards developing an indigenous mobile OS. AndroidandMe points to a LinkedIn profile of an engineer at Azingo – a small developer of mobile OS who claims to now work with Motorola “by acquisition“.
Is yet another mobile OS good for the consumers?
[via Android and Me
Earlier this month, we noticed a patent application filed by Motorola that indicated a possible arrival of a 3D-enabled Motorola handset. Since then, there has been a lot of information being made available about the phone. One of the primary claims is that this shall be an Android based handset.
The new phone could be launching sooner than expected and several pictures of the new upcoming phone have been revealed recently. The form factor of the phone in the pictures matches quite a lot with that described in the patent application.
Here are some pictures of the upcoming Motorola 3D phone
Compare it with the images that we dug out from the patent application
A few blogs have been reporting on what they claim to be the next generation Motorola handset – this one’s a Motoblur though it appears pretty squarer than the original Motoblur and appears to work on portrait mode.
But let me remind you that this story needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. The rumors about how the picture was obtained do not appear entirely convincing. The DroidDog blog writes,
“My source says his buddy’s dad works for Motorola and let his son take the phone to school, who, in turn, lent the phone to my source to be used as a calculator on a math test.”
The article has since then be removed though the author insists,
“Post removed at request of the leaker. It’s all over the place now so see it…all over the place. Looks like the square Moto is definitely real. I’ve seen more pictures, though I won’t post them unless I’m given permission”
So, here is the image of the leaked handset. What do you think of its authenticity? Soundbytes in the comments.
Motorola has announced the launch of H17txt, a bluetooth based headset for people on the go. An interesting aspect of this bluetooth headset is the deployment of MotoSpeak, a technology that will covert text to speech for users to “listen” to text messages while on the go. Motorola has insisted that the technology can also convert words and phrases in SMS lingo to actual words. For instance, LOL will be read out as ‘Laughing Out Loud‘ while L8r shall be read out as ‘Later‘.
H17txt comes with a few other interesting features. The headset can read out caller ID and names, let the user pick from a set of autoresponse messages, listen to podcasts or get directions from your phone’s turn-by-turn GPS navigator tools using the A2DP streaming technology, etc.
The price of Motorola H17txt is yet to be revealed.
Motorola has filed a patent application for an interesting technology that could bring 3D pictures, videos and games to your mobile phones soon. In this application filed with the USPTO, the inventors speak specifically of devices with clamshell like a flip phone where a 2D image rendered while the phone is flipped open may be rendered in 3D when the clamshell is closed.
“A cover is mechanically coupled to the housing and may be moved to overlie the display. The cover includes an optical element, such as a transparent lenticular material, through which the display may be viewed. The display presents images in two dimensions, and when the cover is “open“, the operator sees the displayed images, for example, diagrams and text, in two dimensions. However, when the cover is “closed“, the operator perceives the images presented through the optical element as three dimensional.”
The patent application claims that this technology can enable users to view information such as contact names, phone numbers, image, video, scrolled menus, user interface commands and most other on-screen display items in 3D view.
How cool is that? Could this also bring 3D gaming to your smartphone!?
Is watching a video on your tiny smartphone screen not good enough? Are your fingers too big to type on your smartphone touchscreen? Don’t worry, Motorola may have just heard you. According to a patent application filed by the company, you may be able to make your viewing screen bigger by simply placing your Motorola handsets beside one another.
In the filing, the inventors describe a technology whereby the display of several handsets may be configured to act like one to run applications such as streaming a video while maintaining the same aspect ratio. The inventors write
“A device comprises a display arrangement which includes a plurality of displays that are movable relative to each other such that a plurality of display configurations can be achieved. Each of the display configurations provides a combined display area which is different for at least two of the display configurations. An application processor is operable to execute a plurality of user applications, each of which can provide a display output. A display driver is arranged to generate an arrangement of display output for the display arrangement from the display output of an application being executed. The display driver sets a display characteristic for the arrangement of display output in response to a characteristic of the executed application and the deployed display configuration.”
Looks like an iBoard and iMat killer is not too far away!