At first glance, we’d forgive you for mistaking Motorola’s Defy Pro, the latest Android in its ruggedized Defy lineup, for one of RIM’s babies. After all, even more so than a model like the Droid Pro or Samsung’s new Galaxy Chat, this layout with its portrait orientation hardware keyboard, what looks like a trackpad, and landscape-mode screen just screams “BlackBerry”.
The Defy Pro appears to be running Gingerbread on its 2.7-inch display. There’s no word on resolution (or much of the phone’s hardware specs), but we wouldn’t count on it being too high. As a ruggedized model, you had better bet that Motorola has got that covered with impact-resistant Gorilla Glass. There’s a five-megapixel rear camera, and 2GB of storage via microSD, but we’re still wanting for many relevant details; there’s no mention of the phone’s processor, for example, but we don’t hold out much hope of being impressed.
Motorola plans to start sales of the Defy Pro in Brazil, with no word yet of it coming to other markets. That’s a shame, because we can imagine that if models like this stopped being treated as afterthoughts, and were promoted as serious competitors to BlackBerry (and given the appropriate hardware to do so), they could see some brisk sales.