Today Motorola announced Quench with Motoblur, which is the handset maker’s eighth Android-powered device launched around the globe. The device will be called CLIQ XT and be available next month exclusively through T-Mobile USA, while it goes by Quench in other countries.
We expect T-Mobile to launch the CLIQ XT March 10, 2010 and we are still waiting on a price. This phone is essentially the same hardware of the original CLIQ minus the physical keyboard, so expect it to land somewhere around $149 with 2 year contract.
Unfortunately, the device will ship with Android 1.5 which does not support many of the new native applications from Google. Motorola has begun to update some of their phones (like the original CLIQ) to Android 2.1 and we expect the CLIQ XT will eventually follow.
“QUENCH with MOTOBLUR showcases Motorola’s design heritage by offering a compelling differentiation from the traditional Android experience, giving people an easier way to have more messaging, more Web and more music.”Sanjay JhaCEO of Motorola Mobile Devices
Other new additions to the CLIQ XT include a version of Flash Lite and the Swype virtual keyboard. Motorola also appears to have baked in their own multitouch because the press release states the device will feature “pinch and zoom capabilities”.
Our friends from And.roid.es are in Barcelona and got some hands on time with the Quench at Mobile World Congress.
Engadget has also posted some hands on video.
The detailed specs for the Motorola CLIQ XT include:
|Talk and Standby Time2||6.5 hours / 13.5 days|
|Bands/Modes||WCDMA 850/1900/2100 (for Global) WCDMA 900/1700/2100 (for US), GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12, AGPS|
|Weight||123.5g; 4.4 oz|
|Dimensions||59.4mm x 116.7mm x 12.3mm|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth1 2.0, 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Over the Air Sync (OTA); Wi-Fi|
|Display||3.1 inch display 320 x 480 pixels (w x h), 65k TFT|
|Messaging/Web/Apps||MMS, SMS, Email (POP3/IMAP embedded) IM (Embedded),|
|Audio||AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA v9|
|Video||Playback — H.264, H.263, MPEG at 24fps at HVGA resolution; Capture — H.263, MPEG at 24fps at HVGA resolution|
|Camera||5 megapixel, auto-focus, digital zoom, LED flash|
|Browser||Android HTML Webkit|
|Memory||Removable Micro SD card (included); Supports 32GB MicroSD (optional)|
|Form Factor||Touch screen smartphone|
|Antenna||Internal / Antenna diversity (2 antennas to enhance reception)|
|Address Book/Calendar||MOTOBLUR (content delivery service) aggregates Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Gmail; Syncs your work contacts, email and calendar|
|Location Services||aGPS, Turn by Turn directions, Google Maps, E-Compass|