Motorola launches mid-range Motoluxe and Defy Mini Android phones

Motorola Motoluxe Defy PlusMotorola has expanded its range of Android smartphones with the launch of two new devices, the Motoluxe and the Defy Mini. While neither astound in terms of specification, they’re solid entries into Motorola’s mid-level line-up.

The Motoluxe (on the left in the picture) is the more advanced of the two, and sports a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 854 pixel resolution, with an 800Mhz processor and 512MB RAM inside. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and DLNA support, while Google Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread is the OS of choice.

An 8-megapixel camera sits on the rear of the 123-gram chassis, and video-calls can be made using the forward-facing VGA lens too. Motorola says a light-up lanyard slot, which alerts users to incoming messages or missed calls, sets the Motoluxe apart from its rivals. You can see it in action in the video below.

The Defy Mini follows on from the Defy and the Defy+, and is once more a device for those who need a phone that can withstand a little punishment. The 3.2-inch touchscreen is covered in scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, while the chassis is dust-proof and water-resistant.

It’s not as feature rich as the Motoluxe though, with only a 600Mhz processor, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a 3 megapixel camera. That said, the battery is rated at 1650mAh, which should return ten hours talktime and more than 500 hours standby.  Like the Motoluxe, the operating system is Android Gingerbread.

Both the Motoluxe and Defy Mini have been made available in China already, under the names XT615 and XT320 respectively, but will be coming to the UK, Europe and Latin America in February.

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