January 5, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
While more and more technology manufacturers are busy with unveiling or preparing Android 4.0 devices, there had to be someone thinking about the medium range customers as well. And who else would unveil two stylish and affordable smartphones if not Motorola?
Motorola has introduced the Motoluxe and Defy Mini, due to be released in China, Europe and Latin America this spring.
The Motoluxe is advertised as an ‘’ultra-vogue, very-slim device aiming to set the bar high in terms of style’’ and, while I won’t use that exact phrasing when talking about the smartphone, I must admit that it looks pretty cool and fashionable.
Sporting a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, the Motoluxe has quite some ‘’steam’’ under its hood, being powered by a 800 MHz Qualcomm processor and featuring Adreno 200 GPU as well. I know, that’s not exactly the snappiest smartphone available right now, but for its target audience it should perform decent enough.
The 4-incher also features a very capable 8 MPx rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, as well as a VGA front-facing camera and a battery estimated to run for up to six hours and a half of talk time between charges.
Motorola Defy Mini
The second Motorola phone to be unveiled today is the Defy Mini, a water-resistant, dust-proof and scratch-resistant device with a Corning Gorilla Glass display. While some of you might be phased by the tiny 3.2-inch screen, the long battery life, as well as the very classy and stylish design, should make up for it plenty.
The Defy Mini features dual cameras, like its bigger sibling, but unfortunately only comes with a 3 MPx rear-facing shooter aside from the VGA front-facing webcam. Both the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini are set to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and both of them will be made available in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
As for the pricing, Motorola has yet to announce the details, but if we are to read between the lines of the official announcement, it’s pretty clear that neither of the two smartphones is set to cost an arm and a leg. Also, we don’t know right now if Motorola will release any of the two in the United States, but if they will perform well in Asia or Europe, I personally can’t see why not.