Motorola La Jolla coming as an entry level device?

by: James TromansDecember 4, 2009
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Over at Android and Me blog, there is news about a new Motorola device called ‘LaJolla’. The first thing to be said is Android and Me seem to have been quite careful in posting this information, so as to avoid any backlash for putting up false hope. This is the good news. The bad news is that a lot of detail is still very speculative and should be considered as such. So let us take a look at what they’ve come up with.

First, Motorola have recently released the source code for the CLIQ. Burried within was reference to devices that married up with the leaked Motorola road-map, such as the Morrison (CLIQ), Motus, and Zeppelin. What we hadn’t heard about before was ‘La Jolla’. Motorola are based in California and have a number of offices in San Diego, especially in a small town called ‘La Jolla’, which also means ‘the jewel’ in Spanish. I have tried to independently verify this, and it would certainly appear correct. A number of other phone related companies do also, including Cingular Wireless. On the back of some digging by Android and Me, the following specifications appear likely;

  • Qualcomm 7201A Processor (528 MHz ARM11)
  • MAX7359 Keypad
  • Kionix 3-axis accelerometer driver for LaJolla board.
  • Motorola Halo i2c touchscreen (240 x 400)

Second, the main thing of note is the screen resolution. Until the recent SDK update, 240×400 resolution was not supported on Android at all. Couple all this with Moto’s hints on a cheap entry level Android device, and the pieces start falling together nicely. So enough speculation for now, if anything concrete arises, we’ll be sure to post it up.