MotoLuxe and Defy Mini phones take a bow

MotoLuxe and Defy Mini phones take a bow

Summary: Motorola has unveiled two Gingerbread Android phones, the MotoLuxe and the Defy Mini, which learn what the most used apps are and put them centre stage on the phone

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  • MotoLuxe angled

    Getting a jump on CES next week, Motorola has introduced two Gingerbread Android 2.3 smartphones that will arrive on UK shelves in February.

    The mid-range MotoLuxe and Defy Mini were unveiled on Thursday. Both come with MotoSwitch, an interface feature that keeps tabs on which apps are used and which people are called most frequently, then automatically places them within easy reach on the phone. Both also have Motoblur-like features for managing social networking (Social Graph) and apps (Activity Graph), as well as dedicated music and photo gallery tools.

    The touch-only MotoLuxe (shown above) has the better specifications, with a 4-inch edge-to-edge display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. There is also a lower-resolution front-facing VGA camera for video calls.

    Image credit: Motorola

  • MotoLuxe back

    The MotoLuxe comes with a 1400mAh battery, promising talk time of up to 4.5 hours, according to its manufacturer.

    It has an 800MHz processor, and provides 1GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM for storage. It is quite thin, at 9.85mm, with other dimensions of 118m and 60.5m. It weighs 123.6g.

    Image credit: Motorola 

  • Defy Mini

    Like its predecessors, the Defy Mini is a mildly ruggedised handset, with a Gorilla Glass display and the promise of being dust-proof, as well as scratch- and water-resistant. 

    The Defy Mini has a 2.3-inch touchscreen display. However, it's only a touch smaller than the MotoLuxe overall, at 109m by 58.5m, and it's much thicker, at 12.5mm.

    In addition, it has a beefier 1650mAh battery than its larger counterpart, which means the handset will deliver up to 10 hours of talk time, according to Motorola. (Even with a similar-spec battery, it would outlast the MotoLuxe, as its smaller screen is a lesser drain on power.)

    Image credit: Motorola 

Topics: CES, Mobility, Smartphones

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