Motorola just announced the Cliq, an Android-based smartphone coming to T-Mobile later this year. It will have a sliding keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a 5 MPx camera.
A Focus on Social Networking
The feature highlighted at today’s announcement is MotoBlur, Motorola’s new Android app that will let users work with a variety of social networking and email services from the homescreen.
The goal of this app is to bring together the latest information from all the user’s friends and co-workers, whether it is from an Exchange Server, Facebook, Twitter, or another source.
MotoBlur is similar but not identical to Palm’s synergy in the WebOS.
More about the Motorola Cliq
The Cliq will be a “slider”, with a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen and a sliding landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
It will run Google’s Android OS, and come with a suite of entertainment and productivity software. It will also offer access to a growing collection of third-party software through the Android Market.
The Cliq is going to be able to access T-Mobile’s 3G network, plus it will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
It will be bundled with a 2 GB microSD memory card, and have support for up to 32 GB cards.
This smartphone will also have a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, and a 3.5mm headset jack. In addition, it will sport a GPS receiver and a digital compass.
Overall, it will be 2.2 inches by 4.5 inches by 0.6 inches (114mm x 58mm x 15.6mm), and weigh 5.7 ounces (163 g).
Pricing & Availability
At this point, T-Mobile has only said that the Motorola Cliq will be released later this fall, without being more specific.
The carrier hasn’t revealed the price, either.
Not Just T-Mobile
This smartphone will be released outside of the U.S., too. When it debuts in Europe, it will be called the Motorola Dext.
It will be released by Orange in the U.K. in October.