Snapshot by Brian James Kirk on Thursday September 10, 2009.
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Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-CEO
Today T-Mobile and Motorola announced the Motorola CLIQ, a social-networking oriented sliding full-QWERTY smartphone powered by the Android mobile operating system.
The device features high-speed 3G and WiFi data connectivity, a 5.0 megapixel camera with 24 frames per second video recording, and a customized user interface called MOTOBLUR. The device also features a 3.5mm audio port, but more details have not yet been announced. Like most Android devices on the market, the CLIQ features a HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) touchscreen display. In the case of the CLIQ, the display measures 3.1 inches across the diagonal.
MOTOBLUR gives prime real estate on the homescreen to a variety of social networking applications. The UI is able to sync emails, contacts, and photos from social networks, corporate email, and Gmail into a single, relevant homescreen portal.
Users can update their status message for a variety of social networking sites at the same time or choose which specific service to update. MOTOBLUR enables users to quickly view and respond to their friends' messages, as well. Caller ID is even integrated to allow users to see someone's status updates with their photo when they call. Motorola has even included a widget to allow users to view and respond to private messages in multiple social platforms, whether in Twitter, Facebook email, or elsewhere.
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said that the company would unveil a second device in coming weeks and plans to announce "many more" devices that utilize MOTOBLUR through 2010. The company will launch a global version of the CLIQ smartphone, called the Motorola DEXT, with Orange UK, Telefonica, and America Movil.
The Motorola CLIQ will be available in two colors, white and titanium, in time for the holidays, according to a manufacturer's estimate. No pricing information has been revealed at this time.
Motorola MOTOBLUR demo
|Specifications for the Motorola CLIQ|
|Operating System||Android 1.5|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS 900/1700/2100|
|Size||114mm x 58mm x 15.6mm (2.2in x 4.5in x 0.6in)|
|Battery Life||Not specified|
|Main Display||HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) touchscreen|
|Camera||5.0 megapixel autofocus|
|Memory||microSD card slot (32GB max supported)|
|Availability||Holiday season 2009 (manufacturer's estimate)|
|Other||GPS, e-compass, social networking integration, MOTOBLUR|
Brian James Kirk
Brian is a former news editor on MobileBurn.com that freelances in Philadelphia. You can follow him on Twitter as @BrianJamesKirk.