Motorola Introduces Defy Mini, Motoluxe Androids

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Motorola first launched its ruggedized Defy in fall of 2010, and last year updated the phone to the Defy+ with a processor bump. Now there will be one more piece of hardware joining the Defy family, with Motorola announcing the coming arrival of the Defy Mini, along with the Motoluxe.

Like the previous Defy models, the Defy mini will be protected against dust and resist damage from exposure to water, albeit now in a more petite package. The phone’s display shrinks-down from 3.7 inches to just 3.2, and with the resolution dropping from FWVGA to HVGA. The really unfortunate part sounds like the phone’s processor. While the Defy had an 800MHz processor, and the Defy+ 1GHz, the Defy Mini is only clocked at 600MHz, a step in the wrong direction. Still, we understand how size + durability can be a winning combo, so there may just be a place for Defy Mini, after all.

The Motoluxe, on the other hand, has some slightly better specs. It’s powered by an 800MHz chip, and has a 4-inch LCD with an FWVGA resolution. We heard about it back in November just by model number alone, as the XT615. At the time, we didn’t know if it would see the light of day outside Southeast Asia, but now Motorola’s announced its wider release plans. Both the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini will be out in China, Europe, and Latin America this February.

Source: Motorola

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!