Motorola has just announced that T-Mobile USA is going to release the Motorola Cliq XT next month. This device — previously known as the Zeppelin — will be an affordable smartphone running Google’s Android OS.
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.
Android OS and More
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.
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.
Launching next Month
Motorola says the Cliq XT is going to be released by T-Mobile next month, though it doesn’t say exactly when. Informed sources say the launch day will be March 10.
The price for this smartphone hasn’t yet been officially revealed, but it is expected to be relatively inexpensive.
Outside of the U.S., this model will be called the Motorola Quench.