Motorola announces stylish MOTOLUXE and rugged DEFY MINI

05 January, 2012

Motorola made its first two announcements for 2012, unveiling the stylish MOTOLUXE and the rugged DEFY MINI smartphones. The two mid-range handsets run Android Gingerbread aim to deliver solid smartphone experience without breaking the bank.

Actually, we've already met the Motorola MOTOLUXE, which has been available in China for some time now, under the name XT615. Coming with a 4" LCD of FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels) and an 800 MHz Scorpion CPU, this one will hardly top any benchmark leaderboards, but its Snapdragon chipset should allow it to run all productive applications easily.

Motorola MOTOLUXE XT615

Connectivity is nicely covered here with 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB and a 3.5mm audio jack. For the multimedia fans, the Motoroal MOTOLUXE offers an 8 megapixel camera and DivX support. The onboard storage is just 512MB, but we assume there's a microSD card slot for expanding it (though Motorola hasn't mentioned it explicitly).

Motorola XT615 MOTOLUXE is expected to come to Europe and Latin America starting in February, but there's no information about its pricing just yet.

The other new Motorola smartphone is called Motorola DEFY MINI and, as the name suggest is a more compact version of the popular Motorola DEFY. It comes with a 3.2" HVGA display, sitting under a sheet of Gorilla Glass and offers water and dust resistance.

Motorola DEFY MINI XT320

The Motorola DEFY MINI is powered by a 600 MHz CPU and has 512MB of RAM. It offers a decently geared connectivity suite - dual-band 3G with HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack. Camera enthusiasts probably won't have much to love about the DEFY MINI as it offers a modest 3 megapixel main snapper and an unimpressive VGA front-facing camera.

Motorola DEFY MINI is expected to be available in China under the name Motorola XT320 and in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting in February. Once again there's no information about pricing.