By Stephen Schenck | January 5, 2012 2:15 PM
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.