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Sep
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Leave it to Motorola to come up with a bizarrely compelling new device that they can slip MotoBlur onto.

We’ve recently seen the Charm and Flipout with Android 2.1 and MotoBlur, and now the Defy is joining them. However, this is a touchscreen only device, and it has something else special: an IP67 water and dust resistance rating. That rating qualifies it as fully protected from dust, and immune to the effects of immersion between 15 cm and 1 m for up to 30 minutes.

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Like the aforementioned Charm and Flipout, it also has the now-famous Gorilla Glass, making this one nicely durable package. The screen itself is 3.7 inches with the same FWVGA (854x480) resolution as the DROID line. The Defy will be launching with Eclair, which is likely due to the Motoblur skin. Perhaps it will see an update to Froyo in line with the launch of the newly announced Milestone 2. Other specs include:

  • TI OMAP3610 @ 800 MHz
  • Quadband GSM
  • 59 x 107 x 13.4mm / 2.3 x 4.2 x .53in
  • 118g / 4.2oz
  • 5 Megapixel AF Camera With Flash
  • Swype Keyboard

One thing to note – like the two other MotoBlur phones (running OMAP3410s), the OMAP3610 has no PowerVR GPU, which will have a detrimental effect on gaming performance.

There’s no indication yet as to the price or release date

 

Source : MobileBurn

Further Coverage : Engadget

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Icarus

    Hm, if this had a 8MP camera (I know, ridiculous for this class of phone) it'd be a strong contender for my dream phone/next upgrade. I have a Droid 1 now, I honestly find it quite fast, only time I wish it had a bit more to give is Gameboid and I might overclock a few hundred MHz for smooth framerates on that. So main thing I'm looking for in a potential upgrade is a better camera- I'm not going to be taking amazing photos but it's nice to have something decent with you all the time.

    But man, waterproof and hella durable... I'd love that. If they ever bring this idea to a higher spec phone I'm all over it.

    • http://androidpolice.com Brian

      It won't be as graphically capable as the D1, since it has no GPU. Probably won't have much effect on an emulator, although it might bottleneck you on psx4droid.

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