I promised I wouldn’t write about the Terminator until I had some real evidence like pics, but John Connor just pinged my inbox with some juicy details and I have to share them. Get the goods on Motorola’s first dual-core phone after the jump.
Regular readers of the site know that before the Nexus S buzz, I was obsessed with Motorola’s first dual-core phone featuring the Tegra 2 processor. We lovingly gave it the nickname Terminator, but the actual codename is the Motorola Olympus.
At last month’s CTIA show in San Francisco, I attended Motorola’s press event and got their CEO Sanjay Jha to actually confirm the phone was real, but they have this phone on lockdown and it’s been impossibly hard to get them to share any more details.
After LG leaked their dual-core phone this week I joked that Motorola wouldn’t be far behind, but unfortunately I do not have any pictures to bring you today.
Instead I might have scored something better, because someone sent me way more info than could be deciphered from some blurry-cam photos.
OEM : Motorola
Device : Olympus in preproduction
Type : Phone
Chipset : nVidia Tegra 2
ABI : armeabi-v7a
PRODUCT : olyatt
FINGERPRINT : MOTO/olyatt/olympus/olympus:2.2.1/OLYFR_U4_0.145.0 /*********:userdebug/test-keys
MEMORY : 837332 kB
CERTIFIED? : NO
UserAgentString : Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; en-us; MB860 Build/Blur_Version.4.0.1450.MB860.ATT.en.US Flex/P013) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1
Yes, it’s true that any of this information could be faked or easily made up, but why would I do that to you guys?
As you can see from this mini-dump of the device info, the “Terminator” is actually called the Motorola Olympus, has the model number MB860, is destined for AT&T, and it’s currently running Android 2.2.1 with Motoblur.
Originally we had hoped this phone might see the light of day before Christmas, but Mr. Jha told me it could slip to 2011 and I believe that is what happened. My hope is that the device was delayed so Motorola could update the operating system to the upcoming Android 2.3, but this is the same company that just launched six phones with the outdated Android 2.1.
We have recently seen Sanjay touting their Motoblur brand, so it’s no surprise to discover that they included it on the Olympus. However, this version “Blur_Version.4.0.1450″ is something newer than we have seen on any current phone so maybe we should expect some big changes.
Research firm MKM Partners recently told The Wall Street Journal that the Motorola Olympus would launch on AT&T the last week of January and that lines up with everything else I have gathered. We have already reported the Olympus was also coming to multiple carriers and there is a small chance this will become one of Verizon’s first 4G LTE handsets.
Like I said previously, I would love to provide you with some pictures of the Olympus, but you will just have to use your imagination for now. I’ve heard it looks like a smaller Droid X with the addition of a front-facing camera.
Now that we have a pretty good idea of what the dual-core phones from LG and Samsung will look like, where do you think that leaves the Motorola Olympus? If LG and Samsung are going to offer stock Android 2.3, how do you think Motorola will do with their custom Motoblur UI?