The Motorola Charm, a smartphone T-Mobile unveiled over a month ago, is finally nearing release. This inexpensive Android OS-based device will have a built-in keyboard and a focus on messaging.
Now, however, T-Mobile says the launch date for this consumer-oriented device from Motorola is going to be August 25.
Preview of the Motorola Charm
This upcoming smartphone will have a tablet shape with a small keyboard fixed below its 2.8-inch 320×240 (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.
It is going to have a 3 megapixel camera, 2 GB microSD memory card, 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).
An Affordable Option
The price for this model still hasn’t been revealed. However, non-functional demo units of the Motorola Charm have been spotted in T-Mobile stores scattered around the country. The store displays that accompany the demo units say that this smartphone is going to sell for $75 with a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate or for $270 without a contract.