A new leaked roadmap confirm earlier speculation that T-Mobile will launch an Android phone on March 10. The phone we have been calling the Zeppelin will be known as the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ XT. This new device features virtually identical specs of the original CLIQ with the subtraction of a physical keyboard.
The CLIQ XT will launch with Android 1.5 and we expect Motorola will upgrade it to Android 2.1 in Q2 2010. We would like to see Motorola include at least Android 1.6 (like they did with the Devour), but that is unlikely to happen by launch. The Devour had a custom version of Motoblur powered by Android 1.6, but it features a different Qualcomm processor.
Motorola could probably build an Android 1.6 firmware for the CLIQ and CLIQ XT (and Backflip), but it looks like they chose to focus on Android 2.1 in order to deliver it on time.
Look for the CLIQ XT to ship in black and white colors, similar to the two designs offered for the CLIQ. Early photos of the CLIQ XT showed the device in white and the leaked roadmap shows it in black.
No price point has been announced, but expect something similar to the current T-Mobile CLIQ which debuted at $199 with 2 year agreement and now sits at $149.
Rumored specs of the Zeppelin include:
- Qualcomm MSM7201 528 MHz CPU
- 512 MB flash ROM, 256 MB RAM
- 3.1 inch capacitive display HVGA (480×320)
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
- WiFi 802.11 b/g, GPS, Bluetooth
- Android 1.5 with Motoblur