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Motorola Rolls Out Defy+ Smartphone

Motorola Mobility has quietly unveiled the Defy+ amidst the ruckus caused by the announcement of its acquisition earlier today by Google, whose latest operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, can be found on the handset.

Like its predecessor, the Defy, the Defy+ is a rugged, water resistant and dust proof handset that also comes with a scratch-proof Gorilla Glass display courtesy of Corning.

It does however come with a faster Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3630 SoC (1GHz vs 800MHz), 512MB RAM, a microSD card slot, Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread rather than Froyo, a 3.7-inch 480x854 pixel touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera with HSPA, a seven hour battery life, up to 16 days on stand-by, Wi-Fi, GPS, a USB port and Bluetooth plus 2GB internal storage.

Interestingly, Motorola has chosen to keep the Motoblur user interface and also supports Flash 10. As expected, it should be available in Asia, Europe (on Telefonica's O2) and Latin America but no word yet on when it will land in the US and Canada.

The current Motorola Defy costs only £216 SIM Free/unlocked and as little as £13.86 on a two year contract with unlimited internet; though Motorola has yet to release any information about pricing for the upgraded Defy+.