Motorola potentially has not one, not two, but count em’ three China-bound handsets up its sleeve. First and foremost, we have the initial details on the Motorola XT711, codenamed the Sholes Tablet Refresh — the presumed companion to the previously released, Korea-bound Motorola XT701 Motoroi. The XT711 will feature: an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Xenon Flash, 720P HD video capture and playback, HDMI out, Google apps and Android marketplace, MotoBlur UI, WebKit browser with Flash integration, and the Android OS (presumably 2.1 or greater). The targeted market for this little beauty is China, and is set to launch at an undisclosed point in the future. One down, two to go. Hit the jump for details on the XT810 and the XT820.
T-Mobile is getting a lot of hardware love these days, between being the only carrier in the U.S. that can leverage the Nexus One’s 3G bands (for now) and the U.S. exclusivity on the HTC HD2, T-Mo is starting out 2010 with a bang. And lets keep the good news coming, shall we? A mysterious Motorola device has been given the green light by the FCC, and it has us wondering what it could possibly be. Sholes tablet anyone? A few things we can tell from the FCC filing: it will contain T-Mobile’s 3G bands (WCDMA 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz), it will also have quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS radios inside. Who’s excited for a iPhone killer DROID killer? More →
After a recent major come-back, Motorola is rumored to be planning something major for CES next week. Analysts are predicting that on January 6, Motorola will be announcing an Android device for AT&T, and the only guess that leaves us with right now is the Motorola Motus. A second device is slated for Verizon Wireless, according to rumors, and if we had to bet, you’ll see the Motorola Calgary. These are just rumors for now, but we’ll see soon enough. More →
Straight out of Russia are some new images of the Motorola XT701. These renderings are reportedly from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, China’s version of the FCC. Also, the device has reportedly received certification and is expected to arrive in China and possibly Russia in early 2010. The handset will reportedly ship with Android 2.1 and will include an HDMI port, 720P video recording/playback and an FM radio. Once again we see the curious bump on the side of the handset and and a prominent camera with Xenon flash. Although the back of the phone in these renderings clearly states 8MP, previous spy shots have indicated that the camera is 5MP, which leaves us wondering which information is correct, or if there’s just two variants. Will the real Motorola XT701 please stand up? Hit the jump for one additional image.
Motorola is pretty darn lucky the overly masculine design of the DROID was as well received as it was, but we have a gut feeling its luck will expire with the number you see above. So far a face without an official name, the device appears to be possibly the same one we saw star in some cropped shots the other day save for a 5 megapixel in lieu of 8. Of course having its photo snapped in China and reportedly heading to China Unicom means it’s anyone’s guess whether or not it will ever make it Stateside, but if you’re anything like us you’re praying that it does. That is provided it gets a bit of a make-over because there’s absolutely no need for that Nokia Surge-esque hump. Then again, we’ve heard Motorola is working on multiple models, so possibly this is just a China-specific variant. Hit the jump for some more pics.
Posted up in our comments under our Motorola Sholes Tablet article is supposedly another never-yet-seen Motorola Android handset. This is also apparently a full touchscreen device that features an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, 3.8 inch display, 800 MHz processor and has a sleek black, rounded appearance. Another picture after the break for you to enjoy while we send out our connects for more information… More →
Being the only people on the planet with a Motorola Droid not under armed guard was one hell of a ride, but come November 6th we’re going to have a lot of company as that’s the day Verizon Wireless will be selling the Motorola Droid. To go for $199.99 on a 2-year deal, the DROID is one hell of a steal considering that its specs include a 3.7″ WVGA capacitive display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, 720×480 video capture at 24 fps, GPS (the DROID is the first device to feature Google Maps Navigation which provides free turn-by-turn voice navigation), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Exchange support, 6.4 hours of talk time and a pre-installed 16GB memory card — all running on top of Android 2.0. Not enough? Yes, ladies and gentlemen: Motorola is back. Hit the jump for the press release and a couple high-res pics. More →
We were sent in some snaps of the Motorola Sholes / Droid / Your face, and although they’re not full resolution, it’s still better than nothing, eh? We’ve been told from a separate source that the ROM on the phone is moving at break-neck speed with new builds almost daily. Maybe in time for that October 30th launch?
P.S. Do you think the Motorola Sholes will be a Verizon World Edition handset?
Okay, this one might be a bit of a difficult thing for some people to accept considering it involves something that few people know about, but we’re going to throw caution to the wind and run wild with it. At pretty much every single Verizon retail outlet they have these little gizmos known as “Cellebrites”. These Cellebrites are used by Verizon employees to transfer customers data from phone to phone. And gee whiz, would you guess what two devices have popped up in the latest update for the Cellebrite? If you guessed the Motorola A855 Sholes/Shules/Droid/Tao and the Calgary A555, you’d be bang on. Mmm hmm. And of course you know what this means, right? Yes indeed, we might soon be treated to some official details of the already accidentally/on-purpose leaked devices. Hit the jump or some more pics of the now celebrated Cellebrite.
Google and Verizon just held a conference call and in plain terms, are going to be announcing Android handsets for Verizon’s network in the “next few weeks.” It’s nice to see both companies finally joining up, but to be honest, all we care about it is the October 30th launch date for the Sholes/Tao/Droid that we outed yesterday. Boo-yah!
Sorry, but we couldn’t help posting this… We’ve received a screenshot of a Verizon Wireless calendar that shows in addition to marketing and merchandising dates, a Motorola Sholes target date of October 30th. If you notice the HTC Imagio date on the calendar, it correctly depicts the proper launch day for the handset, leading us to believe this is pretty accurate and recent. Thoughts? Bigger shot after the jump.
Thanks, J Bird!
We just received word from a tipster that the much-awaited Motorola Sholes or Motorola Tao will actually be called the Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless. The above information is not confirmed at this time, but we have independently confirmed that regardless of whatever name Verizon (or Moto) chooses to run with, their Motorola Android handset will not run MOTOBLUR. It will be a straight with Google device and will be the first Google Experience handset to offer built-in Adobe Flash support natively.
We have heard that the announcement will be made not next week but the week after.
UPDATE: We’ve been given specifications for the handset:
- 3.7″ screen
- 854×480 WVGA capacitive screen
- 5 megapixel camera
- ARM Cortex 500MHz CPU
- Facial recognition using the built-in camera (apparently you take a photo of someone and Google will pull in search results based on the image)
- Custom Motorola Interface/UI, no MOTOBLUR, no Verizon UI
- Available in black and titanium colors
We’ve also been told there will be a keyboard-less version that’s planned for 2010.
We here at BGR are well aware that Motorola’s Tao (aka Sholes) is the current object du désire for Android lovers and smartphone junkies alike, so we’re pretty encouraged by a rumor being peddled by The Street that would see Motorola announce the Tao next week. Ordinarily such rumors are approached with guarded skepticism (especially considering The Street’s not so hot track record of late), but we see no reason to doubt this particular tidbit. Not only is CTIA kicking off in San Diego on October 7th, but Motorola’s own developer conference, MOTODEV, also starts the very same week. Add in the fact that the Tao just recently got clearance from the FCC and someone felt brave enough to go wild with some pics of the device, and we’d say this phone is ready to burst onto the scene.
UPDATE: We’ve heard without a doubt that The Street (more like Skid Row) is wrong and this handset won’t be introduced next week.