Motorola has unveiled two new compact smartphones, the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini, set to take on rivals Samsung and HTC on the burgeoning market for keenly priced Android kits.
Motoluxe is a slim, candybar effort that takes in a four-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen display, an eight-megapixel rear-mounted camera, plus a secondary front-facing VGA for video calls, and a 1400mAh battery. It will also be available in two colour variants: licorice or white.
The Defy Mini, meanwhile, is a smaller version of the original Defy tough phone, meaning it’s water and dust resistant and is scratch-resistant, too, thanks to a Gorilla Glass display, which comes in at 3.2 inches.
Also on board are a three-megapixel rear camera with flash, a front-mounted VGA and an impressive 1650mAh battery, which offers up to 10 hours of talk time and 21 days of standby time.
Both handsets run the 2.3 – aka Gingerbread – iteration of Android and sport Moto’s MotoSwitch UI, which ‘learns who you talk to and which apps you use’ and provides that content right at your fingertips. The Defy Mini also comes with something called ‘Instrument Dashboard’ which gives easy access your favourite outdoor apps.
Pricing for the handsets has yet to be revealed. Both devices will land in Europe in spring. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to launch day.