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Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha.  (Source: Phandroid)






Three devices headed to Verizon, at least one apiece for T-Mobile and AT&T

While much of the news this morning is dominated by Verizon and Motorola announcing two new Android handsets -- the Droid Pro and Citrus -- the bigger story is that Motorola unveiled seven upcoming Android devices of varying pedigree, Phandroid reports. The announcement came from Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha at a pre-CTIA conference.

We've already provided a rundown of the Droid Pro, so here's what to expect from the other six devices.

The Motorola Citrus, officially announced by Verizon yesterday, is designed to be an entry-level smartphone. It features a simple slab 3" QVGA touchscreen (no physical keypad), and will be running Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR. Pricing for the device wasn't released, but it's safe to assume that the Citrus will fall under the $100 category with a qualifying two-year contract.

The Motorola Bravo is another entry-level smartphone, this time for AT&T. It boasts a 3.7" WVGA touchscreen with a 3-megapixel shooter. It, too, will be running Android 2.1. It should be available before year's end.

The Motorola Defy is being heralded as the "life-proof" device, meaning that it is durable enough to sustain many of life's mishaps -- falls, water, dust, and other unnecessary roughness. It boasts a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.7" touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera. The Defy has a similar form factor to the Droid Incredible, will run Android 2.1, and will be available from T-Mobile before year's end.

The Motorola Flipout is set to be a teen magnet, with its swerving QWERTY mechanism and colorful interchangeable battery covers. Its keyboard is comfortable under a 2.8" display. It will be running Android 2.1, and boasts a 3-megapixel camera. The Flipout is slated for a Verizon launch by year's end.

The Motorola Flipside, not to be confused with the Flipout, is similar to T-Mobile's Motorola CLIQ, but will be headed AT&T's way. Highlights include Android 2.1, 3.1" screen, 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, and FM radio. It will also be available in the before the new year.

The Motorola Spice is flavored for Latin America; reports say that it is headed to Brazil first. Nothing too different here -- Android 2.1, 3" QVGA screen, 3-megapixel shooter. 

Though it's a bit disappointing that, with the exception of the Droid Pro, none of the new Motorola Android devices will be running Froyo out of the box, it's also worthwhile to note that Moto isn't gunning for top-tier users or early adopters. What they're gunning for is the under-developed, second- and third-tier consumers who may have been hesitant to jump into the smartphone game because of high price points. By releasing a flurry of similar hardware/software in different form factors, Motorola is positioning itself as the economical Android alternative -- just in time for Christmas.

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By icrf on 10/6/2010 8:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a little fuzzy how someone can't afford an extra $100 up front for a modern smartphone, but have no problem with the extra $30 a month for two years on their contract for the required data plan.

By tayb on 10/6/2010 9:01:02 AM , Rating: 5
$200 up front = Big number

$100 up front = Half as big of a number, must be a good deal.

$30/month = That's a low number.

Instant gratification = Success

Waiting 3 months, pocketing the $30, and getting a much nicer phone = You lost me at 'waiting.'

By cknobman on 10/6/2010 10:20:58 AM , Rating: 2
Dead on depiction of the moronic american consumer.

I would say more dollars than sense but that wouldnt even be accurate since the majority of the population dosnt have the dollars to begin with. Our society is built around the premise of "buy now, pay later" when really most people "buy now, pay never". Just look at the national average for credit card debt (over $20,000) shows how much we over consume.

By rudy on 10/7/2010 2:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
True but it works in every industry. Console games would not exist if it were not for this mentality. Printers, whatever. It will never change either.

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