Motorola Announces Budget-Priced XT531, AKA Fire XT, Spice XT

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It hasn’t been that long since we first saw Motorola’s XT531 Android show up on the company’s Chinese site as a mid-range budget-priced smartphone going by the name Domino+. Today Motorola formally announced the XT531, along with revealing that it will come to Europe as the Fire XT and to Latin America as the Spice XT.

Mainland China will get the XT531 first, sometime this month. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, and Latin America will have their shot a little later on, during the fall. Exact details on which nations will have access to the Fire XT and Spice XT aren’t yet available.

The XT531’s design shows some curvier lines than you may be used to from Motorola, lending the phone a bit of a friendlier look than angular Droids. The hardware is decidedly mid-range, with an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Though they both have an HVGA resolution, the XT531’s 3.5-inch screen gives it a slight advantage over the LG Optimus Net, with which it will share a market niche.

There may not be much in the way of bells and whistles, but Motorola is at least shipping the phone with Gingerbread, and including a front-facing camera for video chat – a feature easily left out from a budget-priced smartphone. There’s no word on exactly what Motorola is thinking of charging, but we’re sure that info will come out as we learn more about where the phone will become available.

Source: Motorola

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