AT&T has always been the underdog when it comes to Android. Naturally, there’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there which imply that Apple has AT&T on a pretty tight leash, but that’s a story for another time. AT&T looks to be stepping up their game with the announcement of three new Android handsets from Motorola. The Motorola Flipout, Motorola Flipside, and Motorola Bravo will all be running on Android 2.1 and will feature the latest version of MotoBLUR.
The first handset to hit store shelves will be the Motorola Flipout. The phone is expected to arrive on October 17th and will sell for $79.99 with a new two year contract. The Motorola Flipout features a 600MHz TI OMAP 3410 chipset, 1170 mAh battery, 2.8-inch; QVGA TFT (320 x 240 pixels) display, 3 megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity, and a unique swivel hinge which exposes the QWERTY keyboard.
For those looking for a more traditional design with a QWERTY keyboard, the new Motorola Flipside might be a better option. The Flipside will come with a TI OMAP 3410 processor, 3.1 inch TFT HVGA display, 3MP camera, Bluetooth v2.0, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, and CrystalTalk software to reduce ambient noise while on a phone call. AT&T will make the Motorola Flipside available in time for the holidays for $99.99 with a new two year agreement.
Rounding out AT&T’s announcement is the Motorola Bravo. The Bravo may not be in the same league as he DROID X, but with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 800MHz processor, and DLNA support, the Motorola Bravo will be one of the more advanced Android phone’s in AT&T’s lineup. Other features include a 3MP camera, CrystalTalk noise reduction software, Bluetooth v2.0, and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity. Availability of the Motorola Bravo is expected to land around the holiday season and it will be priced at $129.99 with a new contract.
AT&T looks like they are changing their stance on the Android platform, but I’m still hoping that they will be getting a true flagship Android device sometime soon. I’m pretty sure most of you will find a few faults with these new Motorola phones heading to AT&T. Just keep in mind that mid-range Android phones is a lot better than no phones at all.
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Motorola BRAVO(TM), FLIPOUT(TM) and FLIPSIDE(TM) Smartphones Powered by Android Coming Soon to the Nation’s Fastest Mobile Broadband Network
Dallas, Texas, October 05, 2010
- AT&T* today announced it is significantly expanding its portfolio of Android devices by introducing three new smartphones powered by Android™, the Motorola BRAVO, FLIPOUT and FLIPSIDE, from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT).
- All three smartphones pack the power of the Android 2.1 platform and the latest version of MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s exclusive smartphone experience.
- MOTOROLA FLIPOUT™ will be available for $79.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan beginning October 17 in AT&T stores, online and in business channels. (No rebate required)
- MOTOROLA BRAVO™ will be available for $129.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan in AT&T stores, online and in business channels by this holiday period. (No rebate required)
- MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE™ will be available for $99.99 with a two service agreement and 2 year smartphone data plan in AT&T stores, online and in business channels by this holiday period. (No rebate required)
In a move that further strengthens its industry-leading smartphone line-up, AT&T today introduced three new Android-based smartphones from Motorola. The powerful new devices give AT&T customers even more choice when selecting a mobile computing device to use on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network. AT&T will have eight Android devices available to customers once these smartphones arrive in stores.
All three new smartphones feature Wi-Fi® connectivity, and qualifying AT&T customers receive access to the entire AT&T national Wi-Fi network included as part of their data plan. AT&T’s has the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots.
BRAVO offers the power of Android, an 800 MHz processor and a large screen all in a compact design. The device features a 3.7-inch full WVGA touch screen experience, enhanced Web-browsing and entertainment while on the go. With a 3-megapixel camera with digital zoom and auto focus, customers can catch memorable moments to share with one-touch social media uploads to Facebook®, MySpace, Picasa™ and PhotoBucket®. Motorola BRAVO is a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) enabled device, so customers can stream, store and share entertainment with multiple devices around the home—including PCs, TVs and other mobile devices using an existing home Wi-Fi network. Get all the MOTOROLA BRAVO™ details at http://att.com/bravo.
MOTOROLA FLIPOUT delivers an enhanced user experience, with a stylishly square, affordable and innovative pivot design. FLIPOUT whips open to reveal a full keyboard below its touch screen with a dedicated fifth row for numbers. Users can customize the color to match their mood with Dark Sapphire and Saffron battery covers included in the box for personalization. Additional colors will be available for purchase in AT&T stores and online. Get all the MOTOROLA FLIPOUT™ details at http://att.com/flipout.
MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE enables users to seamlessly manage their work and personal life. With a full slide-out QWERTY keypad, FLIPSIDE’s 3.1”-inch high-res HVGA display supports pinch to zoom gesturing, while the laptop-like track pad provides an alternative way to navigate with one hand while keeping your fingers off the screen. Users can stay connected to work with full push corporate e-mail, support for Microsoft® Exchange, unified inbox and enhanced features for IT compliance like remote wipe and password enforcement. Get all the MOTOROLA FLIPSIDE™ details at http://att.com/flipside.
MOTOBLUR is Motorola’s exclusive experience that syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more — from your favorite social media sites, work and personal e-mail, and last.fm — and automatically delivers them to the home screen. MOTOBLUR can locate or remotely wipe lost or stolen devices, MOTOBLUR can also automatically restore a user’s contacts, log-in information, home screen customizations and e-mail with one username and password.
The new and enhanced MOTOBLUR functionality and features include:
Filter social networking and Messages widgets – filter by social networking account, by contact(s) or by contact group to only see the information you want.
Screen customization – move and resize preloaded widgets on up to seven home screens
Battery Manager – manage battery consumption by operating in one of three performance modes
Personal and Corporate e-mail – pushed directly to the device
Improved social networking functionality – Retweet, like Facebook comments and more
“We want nothing less than the best smartphone line-up on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “These diverse new Android devices from Motorola add diversity to our Android platform and provide more options for our customers.”
“Motorola is committed to offering consumers phones that work best for their lifestyle. These three new devices each have a new unique take on the typical smartphone,” said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc. “Plus, the latest enhancements to MOTOBLUR not only allow users to easily stay connected with their networks but better filter so they can focus on the people and information that means the most to them.”
1 Prices listed above require a 2-year service agreement and smartphone data plan.
2 Mobile Broadband/3G coverage not available in all areas.
3 Limited-time offer. Other conditions & restrictions apply. See contract & rate plan brochure for details. Subscriber must live & have a mailing addr. within AT&T’s owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activ. fee applies. Equipment price & avail may vary by mrk & may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose add’l fees. Smartphone Data Plan Requirement: Smartphones require a DataPlus (200MB) or DataPro (2GB) plan. If you exceed your initial data allowance, you will automatically be charged an additional $10 for each additional 1GB provided on DataPro or an additional $15 for each additional 200MB provided on DataPlus. All data allowances, including overages, must be used in the billing period in which the allowance is provided or they will be forfeited. For more details on Data Plans, go to att.com/dataplans Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.
4 Largest Wi-Fi based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device and qualifying data plan required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.
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