Today marked the start of the Cellular Telephone Industries Association Enterprise and Applications trade show, and Motorola was busy showing off a large number of new Android-powered devices expected to ship soon.
Motorola began the day with a slew of mid-range Android phone announcements, and then ended the day with their biggest announcement. The first announcement consisted of three phones headed to AT&T soon: the Bravo, the Flipside, and the Flipout.
The Bravo is an all touchscreen Android smartphone with a 3.7-inch WVGA multitouch-enabled screen, no physical keyboard, a 3.0-megapixel camera, an 800MHz processor, and DLNA support. The phone is equipped with Android 2.1, somewhat of a letdown considering the recent roll-out of Android 2.2, with Motorola's MotoBlur skin. The phone will also ship with Adobe Flash Lite. The Bravo is expected to ship to AT&T and other GSM carriers in time for the holiday season for $129.99.
The Flipside is, in a literal sense, a GSM version of the DROID. The Flipside features a 3.1-inch high-res HVGA screen with multitouch support, a trackpad for navigation without using the screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keypad. Like the Bravo, the Flipside also ships with Android 2.1 installed, skinned with MotoBlur, and Adobe Flash Lite is included here as well. Arrival is expected in the United States, on AT&T, in time for the holiday season at $99.99.
The Flipout is a neat little device. The phone features a "flipout" mechanic that allows the user to rotate the phone screen to reveal a full QWERTY keypad for typing. The phone also features Android 2.1 with MotoBlur, Adobe Flash Lite, a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 3.0 megapixel camera, and a 720MHz processor. The Flipout also features replaceable battery covers for an extra layer of personalization. The Flipout is expected in time for the holidays in the United States for just $79.99.
Motorola then announced two other mid-range Android smartphones: the Spice and the Citrus.
The Spice is a QWERTY slider phone similar in design and function to the Blackberry Torch. The phone runs Android 2.1, has a 3.0-inch QVGA touchscreen with multitouch support, a 3.0-megapixel camera, Adobe Flash Lite, and is made using 25% post consumer recycled plastics. The Spice isn't expected to ship to North America.
The Citrus was another all touchscreen, no physical keypad, phone announced by Motorola. The Citrus is a somewhat stylish "candybar-style" phone running Android 2.1 with a 3.0-inch QVGA multitouch touchscreen, a 3.0-megapixel camera, and BACKTRACK. BACKTRACK is a laptop trackpad like feature placed on the back of the phone that allows the user to navigate the phone without using the screen. The phone is also PVC and BFR free. The Citrus will be available on Verizon in the United States later this year, but pricing is unknown as of yet.
The final announcement of the day was the Droid Pro, the business-oriented Android phone.
Motorola Droid Pro
The Droid Pro is a powerful, business-oriented Android smartphone aimed for Verizon and destined to compete with Blackberry. The phone features a full QWERTY keypad, a 1GHz processor, pre-loaded QuickOffice for productivity, great corporate and personal security features, Android 2.2, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The phone also sports a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera. The 5-megapixel camera takes great photos, but only DVD quality video. The phone also features DLNA support over Wi-Fi. The Droid Pro aims squarely at the enterprise and business consumer, and is expected to ship later this year on Verizon. Price is currently unknown.