UPDATE (March 17): The Motorola Cliq XT debuted on the day predicted by this report, but it costs $130 with contract, not the $99.99 indicated below.
There’s good news for T-Mobile customers who are planning to get a Motorola Cliq XT: this smartphone will apparently launch tomorrow at a price below what was previously thought.
A few weeks ago, an unconfirmed report indicated that this device will sell for $120 with a two-year contract. Today, information leaking out of T-Mobile shows that the Cliq XT is actually going to sell for $99.99 with contract.
This same document shows that the release date is March 17 for all channels.
An Overview of Motorola Cliq XT
Like the Motorola Cliq that’s already in T-Mobile’s lineup, this upcoming model will have a 3.1-inch HVGA (320 by 240 pixel) touchscreen, but this one will use a tablet shape without a hardware keyboard. Below the screen is going to be a large touchpad surrounded by the Home, Search, Menu, and Back buttons.
This will be an Android OS 1.5-based smartphone, and therefore come with the standard suite of software for connecting to Google services, like Gmail and YouTube. User will also be able to pick from over 20,000 third-party apps.
In addition, the Cliq XT will include MotoBlur, Motorola’s software that brings together messages from a range of social-networking services like Facebook and Twitter, text messages, as well as consumer and business e-mail accounts, into a universal inbox.
Although it won’t be running the latest versions of Google’s operating system, Motorola has added some of latest features into this model, like pinch-to-zoom support. It will also include Adobe Flash Lite and Swype, a system designed to make it easier for users to enter text on the touchscreen.
Naturally, the Cliq XT will support T-Mobile’s 3G mobile broadband service, as well as Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, and aGPS.
Dual microphones and noise cancellation technology will help make phone calls clearer.
This Motorola model is also going to include a 5.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a microSD memory card slot, and a 1,420 mAh battery.