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Motorola unveils new gear at CES  (Source: Motorola)
Xoom, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic get official

Motorola has used CES to launch new gear for a very long time and this year is no different. Motorola has pulled the wraps off three new gadgets today with three new smartphones and a new tablet for geeks to enjoy.

The new tablet is the Motorola Xoom and it will be headed to Verizon Wireless. It has a 10.1-inch screen, a dual-core processor, and a 3G network connection. It runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system specifically for tablet machines. Verizon points out that the device can be upgraded to support 4G LTE connectivity as well. The device plays Flash content, supports 1080p resolution video, and has a front facing 2MP camera with a rear-facing 5MP camera.

It can record video in 720p resolution and the resolution of the 10.1-inch screen is 1280 x 800. The device also has a gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting. It will land in Q1 as a 3G/WiFi device with a 4G update coming in Q2.

"Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform," said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country."

The first of the new smartphones is the Droid Bionic. It has a dual core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM inside. The smartphone is a 4G device for LTE networks and support Flash content. The rear-facing camera is an 8MP unit and the screen is a 4.3-inch touch capable unit. The smartphone supports 1080p content, Quick Office, and a lot more.

"DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace," said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. "By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles."

The Motorola Cliq 2 is a 3.7-inch touch screen device with Android and a slide-out keypad. It runs a 1GHz processor, has WiFi, and will be able to operate on the LTE 4G network Verizon is putting in place in some areas. The device supports Flash content and is DLNA-enabled as well. The phone has a hotspot function for connecting other devices and it will hit Verizon on January 19. Three other 4G devices have already surfaced at CES.

"We are excited to build upon the success of the original CLIQ, bringing the powerful combination of Android and social connectivity to our customers," said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. "With the addition of new business-ready features, the Motorola CLIQ 2 offers peace of mind with the ability to balance home and work life."

Yesterday Motorola unveiled a "4G" smart phone that will run on AT&T's network.  The phone, dubbed the Atrix 4G, can only use HSPA+ and is incapable of communicating on AT&T's upcoming true 4G LTE network.  An unusual dock accessory will be offered for the phone that transforms it into a smartbook.


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RE: Come on Sprint!
By tayb on 1/6/2011 9:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
Evo 4G, Epic 4G, and now Evo Shift. Three Android phones worth a damn and 7 other Android phones that all suck.

You are being extremely generous calling the Evo 4G the best phone on the market. With that horrid battery life I can think of a dozen smartphones I would rather have before I settled for the Evo. I can't imagine the shift being any better. The Epic 4G is nice and although I'm not a fan of the Samsung UI I would still rather have that phone than the Evo.

In the end his point is valid. Take Verizon, for example. 4 or so new 4g Android devices announced combined with the already stellar Android lineup which includes the Droid X, Droid 2, Samsung Continuum, Droid Incredible, Droid Pro, and Samsung Fascinate. These two companies use the same 3G technology! Dang, I surprise myself with that Verizon list. I wish I had Verizon!


RE: Come on Sprint!
By B3an on 1/6/2011 11:22:57 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that the Evo 4G is ****. Battery life is terrible and the Sense UI is nasty and slows the OS down. It's pretty old now too as far as high-end smartphones go. Faster phones with better screens, battery life and hardware have replaced it.


RE: Come on Sprint!
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2011 9:04:01 AM , Rating: 2
1) The battery life isn't terrible, it is perfectly fine.
2) Sense UI can be easily disabled without having to hack the phone and can load vanilla Android.
3) How is 6 months old?
4) What faster phones? Besides the ones announced at CES (that aren't out yet), what phone gives you a faster performance that is available in the market RIGHT NOW? iPhone? Nope. Droid X? Perhaps, but it suffers from its skin and no way to remove it short of rooting. Galaxy S? Close, but no. Enlighten me.


RE: Come on Sprint!
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2011 9:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
1) The battery life isn't terrible, it is perfectly fine.
2) Sense UI can be easily disabled without having to hack the phone and can load vanilla Android.
3) How is 6 months old?
4) What faster phones? Besides the ones announced at CES (that aren't out yet), what phone gives you a faster performance that is available in the market RIGHT NOW? iPhone? Nope. Droid X? Perhaps, but it suffers from its skin and no way to remove it short of rooting. Galaxy S? Close, but no. Enlighten me.


RE: Come on Sprint!
By Samus on 1/10/2011 12:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
HTC phones are a complete joke. Just search for Evo 4G reboot issues or Evo 4G cracked screen and you'll see there are widespread issues with them. My brother has had to exchange his twice, although it turned out to be a defective battery the second time. Awesome phone when it works.

HTC Phones also have a scary refurbished:new units sold ratio, meaning there are a ton of refurbished units sold through carriers when overall sales figures are quite low.

Blackberry, however, also has a high refurbished:new units sold ratio, but thats because Blackberry phones come in off lease from businesses in huge batches. HTC can't use this excuse, as nobody is going to argue with me when I say they don't make any 'business' phones.

In my opinion, Nokia, Blackberry and Motorola hold the crown for reliable hardware, and unfortunately only one of these companies make an Android device and its only available on Verizon :(

HTC: Engineered, designed, assembled, flawed, in China.


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