A recently announced Android OS-based smartphone with an odd name and an unusual design is definitely going to be released in the U.S., and may be headed for T-Mobile.
The Evidence for T-Mobile
There has been no official word on what carriers will be offering this model, but evidence points to T-Mobile USA.
First off, a leak from Motorola several months ago said that a version of the Motorola Droid without a sliding keyboard is headed for this wireless carrier. The Motoroi fits the description -- both it and the Droid have identical displays and run Android OS 2.0, but the upcoming device will be a tablet, not a slider like the Droid.
The code-name for the Motorola Droid is Sholes, and the information that leaked out of Motorola in November described this upcoming model as the "Sholes Tablet T-Mobile US".
More recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a phone which will also have the code-name Sholes. The documentation that was part of the FCC filing shows that this model will have support for T-Mobile USA's unique 3G network and a tablet shape.
All this adds up to one thing: if the Motoroi isn't the Motorola product on its way to T-Mobile, another very similar model is.
An Overview of the Motorola Motoroi
This upcoming smartphone will have a slightly irregular tablet shape dominated by a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 854 pixel) touchscreen. As there will be no hardware keyboard, all text will be entered with on-screen virtual keyboards.
The Motoroi will also sport an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder.
As mentioned earlier, this phone will launch with Android 2.0, which means it will come with a suite of applications that wirelessly synchronize with Google's services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps, as well as Microsoft Exchange Server. In addition, it will reportedly offer MotoBlur: software that gives easy access to consumer and business e-mail accounts, as well as social-networking services like Facebook and Twitter.
The Korean version of the Motoroi will be bundled with an 8 GB microSD card.
The wireless capabilities of the U.S. version will start with support for T-Mobile's GSM and HSDPA mobile broadband network, and include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.
The Motorola model will also sport GPS, an electronic compass, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a 1390 mAh battery.
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