Motorola has unveiled a new Android handset aimed at outdoors types and construction workers who want a robust handset but don’t want to compromise on high-end smartphone functionality.
In keeping with its name, the IP67-standard Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and is capable of being submerged for up half an hour.
It’s also home to Android 2.1, aka Éclair, a scratch-resistant, 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen display fashioned from Gorilla Glass, a five megapixel camera and web browser.
To cater for brickies on din-filled building sites, the Defy is equipped with Crystal Talk technology for improved call clarity as well as dual microphones for cancelling out ambient noise.
As with all Android smarties, the Defy offers access to a library of tens of thousands of free and paid-for apps from the Android Market online software store.
Interestingly, the phone will also pack Motorola’s custom user interface Motoblur, despite speculation that this will disappear from the phone maker’s handsets as vanilla Android becomes more advanced and offers the functions that previously only skins were able to provide.
Price points and UK carriers have yet to be confirmed, but the handset is expected to land in Q4.