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Motorola peps up business Android line with Pro+

Motorola has unveiled the Pro+, an update to its Qwerty-keyboarded Android phone.The original Motorola Pro only came out in February.

Motorola has unveiled the Pro+, an update to its Qwerty-keyboarded Android phone.

The original Motorola Pro only came out in February. According to a company statement on Tuesday, the upgraded version will hit Europe and Asia in October.

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The naming of the Pro+ follows the same convention used for the Defy+, an upgrade unveiled in August for the Defy semi-rugged handset.

The Pro+ offers a slight battery boost over its predecessor, with a 1600mAh battery rather than a 1420mAh version. It will also ship with Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3, rather than 'Froyo' 2.2. It is also a bit lighter, at 113g rather than 134g.

The biggest upgrade is the device's screen, a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass affair with a 640x480-pixel VGA resolution. The original Pro has a screen of the same size, but only with 320x480-pixel HVGA resolution.

Its dimensions are almost exactly the same — it is 1mm longer — and, like the Pro, it also has a 1GHz processor and five megapixel camera. In terms of onboard storage, it actually marks something of a downgrade, with 4GB included instead of 8GB.

The Pro+ has a similar BlackBerry-like, Qwerty-keyboarded portrait design as the original Pro, but is slightly curvier.

As the Motorola Pro+ is a business-oriented smartphone, it comes preloaded with 25 Exchange ActiveSync security policies, such as PIN lock, Exchange Server auto-discovery and extended device management APIs.