Motorola Xoom launching on February 17th

According to internal documents originating from Best Buy the much anticipated Motorola Xoom tablet, which is going to be the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered devices, is launching on February 17th. The first SKU is apparently packing 32GB of internal memory but there’s still no official price mentioned but it would definitely be disappointing if yesterday’s rumored $800 price turns out to be true. A full blown Slate PC like the new Asus Eee EP121 is only $300 more and has some serious power under the hood (but not so awesome battery life..). The Xoom will obviously be subsidized by carriers just like the Galaxy Tab thought so it may be best to wait a little bit to see how things settle down.

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Motorola Xoom to cost $800 and come without MotoBlur UI

Contrary to what was claimed earlier yesterday in rumor, the Motorola Xoom won’t be slapped with the useless MotoBlur UI and will thankfully be running the stock Android 3.0 / Honeycomb OS. Here’s Motorola’s official statement:

To clarify, Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience Device and the first tablet to incorporate Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As such, Motorola Mobility has worked closely with Google to develop and optimize the Honeycomb OS on Xoom, and has no plans to customize the software with MotoBlur.

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Motorola Droid X finally available today alongside TV spot

If you weren’t lucky enough to receive one of the early Droid X shipped last week; today is you chance to finally get your hands on Motorola’s latest and greatest android smartphone. The Droid X is now available on Verizon‘s website for £199 with a 2 year contract or $269 with a 1 year Contract. Motorola has also launched a TV advertising campaign last night with a tv spot that you can watch after the break:

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Motorola Droid X review

The Engadget crew wrapped up the first Motorola Droid X review exactly two weeks because before retail launch of the device on July 15th. The review is principally a Droid X vs HTC EVO 4G comparison which is quite logical given that both device have nearly the same form factor and specifications. What comes out of it is that Motorola’s latest offering is probably the best Android handset to hit the market this summer but Samsung’s massive Galaxy S launch will probably overshadow it. Check out the video after the break:

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Motorola Droid X 720P video samples


720P video recording seems to be THE feature on all the latest high-end handsets launching this year. We’ve already seen the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G and Acer Stream but is time to see how the Droid X gets the job done. The videos posted below were all shot with the current rom (which probably isn’t final yet) and looks fairly good IMO (better than the EVO 4G and Acer Stream but with same nasty pink spot in the middle..).

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Motorola Droid X hands-on video

 

Here’s an extensive hands-on video of the Motorola Droid X shot during the launch event. The build quality seems too be really good and the screen is definitely better than the one found on the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G (the Droid X’s screen has a higher PPI thanks to the 854×480 resolution and an IPS panel resulting in better viewing angles and contrast). The new MotoBlur UI doesn’t look too fancy and gets the job done IMO. Check out the video after the break (btw, the clicking sound that you will hear throughout the video isn’t coming from the handset but from the Autofocus of the DSLR camera recording the video…).

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iPhone 4 vs Motorola Droid X size comparison

The Engadget team has juts posted a quick size comparison between the iPhone 4 and the recently announced Motorola Droid X. With it’s massive 4.3″ screen the Motorola Droid X obviously dwarfs the sleek looking iPhone 4. Interestingly the Droid X is nearly as thin as the iPhone 4 but gets thicker at the top because of the camera and dual LED flash. It would be interesting to hear the what it feels like to use the Droid X on a daily basis given that I already find that the HTC HD2 is too big and hard to use with one hand (the Droid X is larger than both the HD2 and HTC EVO 4G!).

Source: Engadget

Motorola Droid X officially announced: Shipping July 15th for 199$

Motorola is currently holding a press conference in San Frasicsco for the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone. The device will officially start shipping on July 15th for $199 with contract (and after a $100 mail in rebate). Unfortunately the Droid X will ship with Android 2.1 and not 2.2. The Froyo update (which includes Flash 10.1 support) is said to be coming later this summer. On the hardware side of things, there nothing we really didn’t already know know thanks to the numerous leaks since May. The Motorola Droid X packs a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3″ 854×480 capacitive touchscreen (but the device is physically bigger that the HTC EVO 4G and HTC HD2), 8gb of local storage (and Micro-SD expansion slot and a 16gb micro-sd card will be offered in the box), an 8Mpx camera with Dual LED flash capable of 720P video recording, HDMI out, aGPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, DNLA support, Wifi tethering, 3 microphones for noise cancelation and will come preloaded with the Swype on-screen keyboard (the regular keyboard also support multi-touch).

Source: Verizon

The Motorola Droid X shows up on Verizon’s website

The Motorola Droid X announcement shouldn’t be too far away (the latest rumor points to a June 23 event) now that the device has finally shown its face on Verzion’s website ass seen in the screenshot above. There isn’t much else to say here other than wait patiently fro the official unveiling of the 4.4″ screen monster.

Source: Verizon

Early Motorola Droid X preview


The gals at Engadget managed to get their hands-on on a Motorola Droid X and posted a preview of the device.The device definitely looks like a beast even next to the HTC EVO 4G. But according to the preview it has a 4.4″ screen with a resolution of 854×480 (compared to a the WVGA 4.3″ on the EVO and HD2) so the Droid X has a higher PPI than HTC’s latest and greatest. Under hood is apparently a TI OMAP 9630 clocked @ 1Ghz next to 8Gb of flash memory and as we have sen earlier the handset packs an 8 Mpix camera with Xenon flash capable of capturing 720P videos that can then be outputted via the HDMI connector on the side of the device. Based on the pictures aand HD video sample posted the camera (or the software/drivers behind..) of the Droid X is also better than the one found on the HTC EVO 4G. Android 2.1 is running the show with a little help from Moto’s updated MOTOBLUR UI (oh and the keyboard now features multi-touch! And Swype comes pre-loaded on the device too). Check out the videos after the break:

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Motorola Droid X vs HTC EVO 4G vs iPhone and Droid Eris size comparison pictures

One more Droid X leak for the weekend. This time we have two pictures showing the Motorola Droid X vs the HTC EVO 4G an iPhone followed by another one showing the Droid X alongside the HTC Droid Eris. As you have probably already noticed the Motorola Droid X is a tiny bit larger than the  HTC EVO 4G! This could be a problem IMO. I firmly believe that the size of the EVO (and HD2) is already a bit too much (it’s a pain to use with one hand).

Source: Android Forums

Motorola Droid X aka Motorola Shadow specifications in the wild

Another day and another Motorola leak… This time it’s the Motorola Shadow which will apparently be named the Motorola Droid X (Motorola Droid eXtreme?). According to what is being said the Motorola Droid X will feature a 4.3″ capacitive LCD screen (similar to the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G) a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 720Mhz ( or a 3440 or a Qualcomm SnapDragon..there seems to be some confusion here), an HDMI output (that you can see pictured above) and an 8Mpix camera capable of 720P recording similar to the Motorola XT720 (I guess that it also has a Xenon Flash too). The device also runs Android 2.1 with an updated version of the MotoBlur UI.

Source: Gadget University

Motorola Flipout officially announced for Q2 2010 with Android 2.1

The often leaked Motorola FlipoutAndroid handset has now been officially announced by Motorola today with an expected availability date of Q2 2010 in Europe. The Flipout will come with Android 2.1and a new enhanced version of the Motoblur interface. The screen is 2.9inch and has a square resolution of 320×320 and the device packs 512Mb of RAM. Check out the full Press Release, Specifications and 2 promo videos after the break:

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Motorola is expected to launch Two Droid phones in July

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha unveiled that two new Droid handsets are expected to launch on Verizon this July. We already know about the Motorola Shadow thanks to the leaked Verizon flyer but the second handset is still unknown. He also confirmed that an updated version of the company’s Motoblur UI will be introduced before the end of the year.

Source: WSJ

Motorola Flipout pictures and specifications


Motorola’s upcoming square-looking android 2.1 handset is apparently going to be called the Motorola Flipout and feature the following specifications:

The specs, as they’re being whispered so far:

- 3.1 MP camera
- QWERTY keyboard
- 2.8 “display
- 512 ROM
- 256 MB RAM
- GPS
- 700 MHz processor

The 700Mhz CPU doesn’t sound right thought…Other than that this Moto flipout device looks like a direct competitor of the KIN ONE but has the advantage of having a “real” smartphone OS (Android 2.1 withe the MotoBlur UI). The device will also be available in the following colors:

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Motorola Devour Hands-on impressions


The boys at Pocketnow just porsted their first impressions of the newly released Motorola Devour smartphone on Verizon. Even thought I don’t like the overall design of the handset I have to admit that the unibody aluminium shell (like the HTC Legend) looks really nice. Hopefully most of the future handsets will be build this way.

And although the Devour shares a screen and hardware keyboard with the MOTO CLIQ on T-Mobile and the Backflip for AT&T, the Devour feels a lot more solid than the former and the latter hasn’t been released yet, or at least hasn’t been fondled by our editors. There’s no doubt that the Devour is a solid phone. It’s heavy, it feels beastly, and the keyboard, which has raised buttons, feels better to type than the Droid’s squished and flat keys.

Source: Pocketnow

Motorola Devour Hands-on video

The crew at Motorola have just uploaded a 7 minutes long video demo of the Motorola DevourAndroid handset. There’s nothing really new or exciting in there thought, but if you don’t have much to do…

I don’t really like the phones design especially compared to all the other Moto handsets coming out in Asia right now.

Source: YouTube

Motorola Devour Superbowl TV ad featuring Megan Fox

Just in case you missed yesterday’s Superbowl on TV here’s one of the best ads that aired last night (yeah this year’s selection was really crappy..). Motorola is doing a pretty good job marketing their new handsets lately (the Droid ads were kinda cool..)and it’s actually the first time I see the MOTOBLUR UI in one of their TV ads (correct me if I’m wrong). Motorola Devour featuring Megan Fox in a bath tub:

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Motorola Devour with MOTOBLUR announced on Verizon


The Motorola Devour has finally been announced on Verizon‘s network today and as it was previously thought the MOTOBLUR UI is on board on top of Android. On the specification side the Devour is has a 3.1″ capacitive touchscreen, a touch-sensitive navigation pad, a sliding-qwerty keyboard and all the common feature you can expect to find on such a device (aGPS, WiF, BT etc..). I’m guessing that the CPU is a Qualcomm MSM 7XXX SoC. THe Motorola Devour is expected to be available next month.

Key features:

  • Touch-sensitive navigation pad
  • 3.1” capacitive touch screen
  • Pre-loaded applications such as Gmail, Google Talk™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™ with Google Maps Navigation.
  • Android Market™ gives users access to more than 20,000 applications.
  • Happenings Widget – MOTOBLUR automatically pushes status updates, wall posts and photo updates from popular social networking sites to the Happenings Widget on the home screen. Customers can flick through the latest updates and fire back responses using the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Universal Inbox – MOTOBLUR gathers texts, social network messages and e-mails into one home screen widget for quick response.
  • Back-Up and Security – Contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations, e-mail and social network messages are backed up automatically on the secure MOTOBLUR portal. The portal also allows customers to use the phone’s fully integrated aGPS to help locate the phone if misplaced. Remote wipe easily clears information from a lost device.
  • 8 GB microSD™ card pre-installed
  • Bluetooth® profiles supported: A2DP, HID, HSP, HFP, AVRCP and GAP

 

Service plans:

  • To get the most from Motorola DEVOUR, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and a Data Package for smartphones. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access, and Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99 monthly access. A Data Package for smartphones is $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

 

Source: Motorola