May 16 AT 1:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

T-Mobile Motorola Motoroi rumors still afloat

Remember those Sholes tablet rumors we have been reporting on since last year? Motorola finally launched their Droid-minus-keyboard overseas as the Motoroi XT720 in South Korea and the XT701 in China, but the form factor has yet to make it to the United States.

Our sources told us this device was supposed to launch on T-Mobile USA earlier this year, but it failed to materialize and it looks like Motorola went back to the drawing board to beef up the specs.

Now Pocket-lint is reporting that Motorola has confirmed a variant of the Motoroi design will be coming to the UK this year, but with even better features. The new handset should include Android 2.1 with Motoblur, 8 megapixel camera with xenon flash, play back and record 720p video, mini HDMI connector, and an unnamed processor.

Motorola has been using a 550 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3430 in all their high-end Android phones so far. This processor might not have the higher clock speeds of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, but it’s still based on the same ARM Cortex-A8 core.

At this time, it is unclear which platform Motorola will use next. They could opt for the next generation OMAP4 which features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, but it might be too soon to see those CPUs in a smartphone this year. Motorola currently uses Qualcomm chips in their mid-range Android lineup, so a more likely successor could be something from the Snapdragon family.

Motorola plans to launch at least 20 smartphones this year and expects to ship 12 million to 14 million units, so they still have a lot of ground to make up. Verizon is expected to get a follow up to the Droid this Christmas, but look for T-Mobile USA to get their own exclusive high-end Android phone from Moto later this year.

What processor and features would you like to see Motorola use in their next high-end Android device?

Motorola Motoroi

The Motorola Motoroi.

Source: Pocket-lint

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  • http://Website galen20k

    interesting and very smart move of Motorola to delay release of the Motoroi and beef up the specs considering all the high end phones coming out soon. I just wish they had done this sooner but that also means even better specs since it will be later.

  • http://Website kent

    No moto blur

  • http://Website vincent

    i want to see them use the omap 4 chipset. snapdragon isn’t the fastest chipset on the market anymore now that samsung has it’s 1ghz with gpu lined up for the galaxy S.

  • http://Website Julian R

    this phone should have been out months ago and in my hands. The specs are purely amazing. Its the perfect size, all touch, great cam(w/xenon), hmdi, i’d take this over a galaxy s or that huge sounding sidekick thing any day.

  • http://Website Dee

    “8 megapixel camera with xenon flash…”
    thats what i like to see.
    question. what exactly does motoblur add to the android experience? i mean, besides crippling the phone…

    • http://Website joeskie

      moto blur adds very many amazing and benficial enhancments to every phone it is put on such as: unexpected force closes, inability to ever update, and weekly master resets just to name a few. couple this with an outdated version of android and you have got a recipe for sucksess, that is of course after you get over the constant freezing.

      • http://Website jorge

        that’s exactly what Motorola is thinking, no doubt about it… lol
        but seriously, blur is not my flavor but some seem to like it.

        • http://Website Jayy336

          Motoblur isn’t THAT bad. I think it was pretty cool on my Moto Cliq. It allows me to add my Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. accounts to Android. I know that as of 2.0 its done natively but the experience isn’t as good as the Motoblur one. The drawback, like all skinned versions of android, are delayed updates.

          With that being said, however, Motoblur SHOULD NOT be added to a phone as high-end as the Motoroi. I think it should be left for more social type phones such as the Cliq/XT, Devour, & Backflip, The less high-end phones.

      • Dee

        well played my friend. well played.

  • http://Website Terrell

    Remove the MOTO blur and I would be interested. Just give me base Android and those specs and I would purchase it.

  • http://Website gonzo

    Nice Asian girls

    • Drew

      If the phone ships with Motoblur, do we get the chicks?

  • http://Website Ms. Matrix

    I was looking to get this phone when I thought it was coming out and it never surfaced. So I ended up getting the Cliq xt. But I did read that in Korea they really didn’t like the phone. People who had it returned it and got the iphone instead.

  • http://Website jac

    who cares about the phone right now.
    all i care about the chick on the left
    she is hot.

  • http://Website Brantyr

    What i’d like is the OMAP3640 (1GHz clocked but faster per clock than snapdragon – it’s a beast), what I’ve heard rumored is the OMAP3630 which is the same hardware clocked at 770ish, either way it should be as fast as snapdragon for CPU related work with a much better GPU and DSP. I’ll hold out for the one with a keyboard and unlocked bootloader though

  • http://Website Minor

    This phone might be good if it were released a few months ago. I think that moto blur is a mistake on any high end android phone. Many of the features are native in 2.1. I liked it for about a week on my cliq. I think the debilitating nature of the interface far out ways the benefits. Especially when compared to vanilla 2.1

  • http://Website McLovin

    A physical keyboard!

    I’ve tried the soft keyboards and I have come to the conclusion I will never buy a phone that doesn’t have a physical keyboard. So for now I’m staying with my G-1 Dream since T-Mobile doesn’t have any high end phones that are keyboard sliders yet.

  • gerrywinkler

    I totally clicked on this story because of the hot Asian females.

  • http://Website ajk

    are they intentionally holding the phones near their breasts?

  • http://Website grempz

    They are planning 20 Phones this year? why not make 5 REALLLY good ones instead of 20 mediocre ones?