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Motorola i1 Android phone gets walkie-talkie functions

Motorola i1 Android phone gets walkie-talkie functions

The newly announced Motorola i1 will hold the honour of being the first Android-based mobile to feature push-to-talk functionality, essentially making it akin to an advanced walkie-talkie.

To go with this adventurous feature, Motorola has made the i1 a little bit hardier than other smartphones with a toughened glass screen that will deflect dust, scratches and dirt.

Standardised testing has shown that the handset will also take a military-grade beating from water, shocks and short drops.

The i1 is compatible with high capacity microSD memory cards, which will be useful as there is a five megapixel camera with video capturing capabilities around the back.

Motorola has said that its new tough phone challenger will not have 3G, but to compensate there will be Wi-Fi, which is set to help the phone hit the market at less than £133.

If Motorola manages to make this an entry-level Android option, it will be an appealing little smartphone for the mass market.

A release date has yet to be announced, but it should arrive within a couple of months.

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