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Last Updated: October 28th, 2012

Looks like Moto is getting ready to push out a couple of budget Android-power handsets to various parts of the world (excluding the U.S.). First up is the little brother to the Defy, appropriately named Defy Mini.

The DM offers a lot of the same "life-proof" features as its big brother, including dust protection, a scratch-resistant screen, and protection against water damage, all packed into its tiny 3.2-inch shell. You'll find a 3MP shooter on the back of the Android 2.3 device, a VGA front camera, and it has 1,650mAh batter for up to 10 hours of talk time. Small, long battery life, affordable, and protection against the elements. Not bad.

wm_DEFY MINI_Front_Global wm_DEFY MINI_Back

Also announced today is the oddly named Motoluxe, a 4-inch Android 2.3 phone built with the younger crowd in mind. The phone features a "lanyard slot" that notifies you of missed calls, emails, and text messages via "lighting effect," which sounds a lot like the HTC Rhyme's charm. It has an 8MP rear shooter, VGA front-camera, 1,400mAh battery for 6.5 hours of talk time, and will be available in two different colors: licorice or white.

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Both phones will feature Motorola's MotoSwitch UI, which "learns" who you talk to and which apps you use often, then places easy access to each right on your homescreen. The more you talk to someone, the larger their icon becomes, putting those you talk to the most often front-and-center on your device.

While the Motoluxe is already available in parts of China under the name Motorola XT615, both devices are expected to be available in Greater China, Europe, and Latin America sometime this spring.

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Jan. 5, 2012 – This spring, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) is helping you flaunt your individuality by adding two stylish and unique Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) powered smartphones to its growing budget-friendly portfolio. MOTOLUXE is a hip, slim touchscreen device and Motorola DEFY MINI is dustproof and water-resistant, making it the ideal “life proof” phone for active users. And they come in different shapes, sizes and colors – so you can choose a phone that best reflects your personality.

No matter what device you choose, Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface changes the way you manage your life. With MotoSwitch, your smartphone learns who you talk to and which apps you use and keeps all of that information front and center. The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. With Music Now you can easily play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery displays your favorite pictures as collections.

With Google Mobile services you’ll be able to search for anything with Google Search, chat with your friends using Google Talk, or find your way anywhere you want to go with Google Maps with navigation.

Strike While the Iron Is Hot

The ultra-vogue, very-slim, MOTOLUXE sets the bar high in terms of style with a 4-inch edge-to- edge touchscreen display. This hip device is perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies. And, for the amateur photographers out there, the 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro and capture life clearly and fully.

MOTOLUXE also sets itself apart with a lanyard slot that has a lighting effect. So you can see when you’ve missed a call, received a text or have an email waiting for you.

Other cool stuff includes:

  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Available in licorice or white
  • 1400 mAh battery for up to 6.5 hours of talk time, 19 days of standby time

Strong and Sturdy

Water-resistant, dust-proof and with a scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, Motorola DEFY MINI is the ideal smartphone for active users who need a device as resilient as they are. With a 3.2-inch touchscreen good for emailing, texting and browsing the Web, and a long battery-life, you can keep this phone on and by your side all day long no matter where you go, so you’ll never miss a beat.

But wait… there’s more:

  • 3MP rear-facing camera with flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Easy access to all your favorite outdoor apps with the "Instrument Dashboard"
  • 1650 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of talk time, 21 days of standby time

You can get your hands on MOTOLUXE and Motorola DEFY MINI at Motorola’s booth (LVCC, Central Hall, Booth NO. 8644) at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 10 - 13, 2012.

Pricing and Availability
Both devices are expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting this spring. MOTOLUXE is already available in China under the name Motorola XT615 and is expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting in February. Motorola DEFY MINI is expected to be available in China under the name Motorola XT320 and in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting in February.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Caleb B

    Now they just need to unlock my darn flaggin rabbin BOOTLOADER. -_-

  • JAG

    If they unlock the bootloader I should get them both!

  • GraveUypo

    depending on the price tag i might start recommending the defy mini for android newbies.

  • Tyler C

    Is it just me or does the Motoluxe look extremely similar to my Thunderbolt? (mostly on the back minus the camera)