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Motorola Launches "Nature-Proof" Defy Smartphone

Motorola has announced the release today of the Defy, a smartphone that the company is marketing as one that can withstand the hardships of everyday life and then some.

Surprisingly, the phone hasn't yet been launched (or even announced) in the US and comes some very interesting features like the Corning Gorilla glass screen or support for IP67 standard.

The latter will be used as the phone's main USP; it means that the Defy can be marketed as being dust proof and water resistant due to the fact that it is encased in a shockproof rubber chassis.

Specwise, the Defy is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 TI OMAP 3610 clocked at 800MHz, backed by 512MB RAM and 2GB onboard memory (Motorola says that it will bundle a 2GB microSD card).

Sadly, Motorola chose Android OS 2.1 to power it which means that it comes with Flash lite rather than Flash 10.1.

The rest of the configuration is quite similar to the first generation Motorola Milestone but without the keyboard.

There's still the 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, four touch sensitive buttons, a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and Motorola's proprietary Motoblur user interface.

The Defy is roughly 20 per cent thicker than the iPhone 4 but, despite having a bigger screen, it is slightly shorter than Apple's flagship handset.

The phone, which has yet to be priced, will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2010. Motorola hasn't confirmed with mobile phone operators will carry the handset.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.