Motorola EX225 Could Challenge HTC Status

September 12, 2011
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    A photo of the Motorola EX225 shown on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) listing of qualified product designs suggests that the handset targets fans and users of the popular social networking site Facebook.

    The photo on the End Product Detail page for the Motorola EX225 shows a full, five-row QWERTY keyboard and what appears to be a dedicated Facebook button at the lower-left corner of the keyboard layout, along the same row as the space bar.

    It is still unclear whether the phone runs Android, since there are no obvious Android buttons on the phone. Other tech sites are touting the possibility of the handset’s running Qualcomm’s Brew platform, which other Motorola handsets are also using.

    The image renders also suggest “deep Facebook integration” into the user interface, which means that Facebook access and functionality could be quick and easy from any app or screen on the Motorola EX225.

    Aside from the dedicated Facebook button and integration, the Motorola EX225 has the following specs:

    • 3-megapixel camera
    • 2.4-inch LCD TFT display
    • full, five-row QWERTY keyboard
    • 3G connectivity

    According to the listing on Bluetooth SIG, the Motorola EX225 is a “product for trendy generation who enjoy connecting to the world anytime, anywhere, and multimedia services on the go, all easy as via a fully personalized UI.”

    Another device, the Motorola EX226, is also listed and seems to be related to–perhaps, a variant of–the Motorola EX225. It reportedly features dual-SIM capability and has been described as a “3G moblie phone with Bluetooth function.”

    Motorola’s upcoming Facebook phone is a potential contender to the HTC Status (formerly known as the HTC ChaCha), a QWERTY phone. Unlike the Motorola EX225, though, the HTC Status has a dedicated Facebook button given a more prominent location: by itself right below the last row of the QWERTY keyboard.

    Motorola has yet to reveal the phone’s price and availability on the market.

    What do you think of smartphones with dedicated social networking buttons? Do you think there’s a real need for such buttons?

    Image credit: Bluetooth SIG

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