Motorola has just taken the wraps off its next consumer-oriented Android OS smartphone, the Motorola Charm. This upcoming model will have a small touchscreen, a hardware keyboard, and a focus on social networking. It is headed for T-Mobile USA.
The Charm will have a tablet shape with a small keyboard fixed below its 2.8-inch 320x240 (QVGA) touchscreen. Instead of a small D-pad or optical trackpad below its screen, it will include a Backtrack -- a relatively large trackpad on its back.
It is going to run Google's Android OS 2.1 and include a new version of MotoBlur, Motorola's software that syncs contacts, posts, messages, and photos from sources such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, as well as Gmail and other personal and corporate e-mail systems.
Android OS 2.1 will bring collection of bundled software, including a web browser and music and video player.
Additional Tech Specs
The Motorola Charm is going to have a 3 megapixel camera with support for recording images and video.
Naturally, it will support T-Mobile's GSM voice network, and it will also offer HSPA 3G at 3.6 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
According to an unconfirmed report, this smartphone will be built around a 600 MHz processor and include 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM.
It will have a GPS receiver, 1170 mAh Li-Ion battery, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Overall, the Charm is going to be 3.9 in. x 2.6 in. x 4.45 in. (67 x 98 x 11 mm) and 3.9 ounces (110 grams).
Motorola says that the Charm will be released exclusively by T-Mobile USA by the end of this summer, but didn't specify exactly when. A price for this model also was not announced today.
A unconfirmed report says the debut will be July 21, and the Charm will sell for $75 with a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate or for $270 without a contract.
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