Oct 01 AT 12:05 AM Clark Wimberly 45 Comments

Verizon to launch Motorola Tao on December 1

Motorola has dominated the Android headlines this week and they hope to dominate the smartphone wars this holiday shopping season. We already know the T-Mobile Cliq is shipping October 19, but what about their other phone?

For months we have been reporting on the Motorola Sholes and this week people started calling it the Motorola Tao. I was unable to confirm the Tao name with my inside sources, but I’ve seen enough sites reporting on the name that we are going to stick with it.

This week we received a mysterious letter from our new tip line. The document describes an upcoming phone headed for Verizon Wireless and all the specs match up with the Sholes specs we leaked back in August. The name of the phone is conveniently missing and has been replaced by the letters “XXX”. Could this represent the the three letters of Tao or just be a place holder for another name?

Call it whatever you like, but this is the “other” Motorola phone that everyone has been waiting for. The letter confirms several of the features we have been talking about, but there are several new additions not seen anywhere else.

Read it over and let us know what you think.

Update: (10/2): The information that was published had an embargo date of October 1, 2009. We respected the embargo and were later informed that the embargo date had been retracted. The image has been removed because we were asked not to share the information which is not yet ready for public distribution.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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