by Bams Sadewo, 7 months ago
Much has been said about Motorola’s insistence on locking down its phones. While it was only recently that Moto began providing an official way to unlock the bootloader on some phone models, one member of…
It’s been a while since we last saw Motorola unveiling a new smartphone, and, as much as we’d like to think otherwise, the X Phone won’t be out for a couple more months. But that shouldn’t stop Moto from enriching its low-end and mid-range classes, especially in emerging markets like Africa or South America.
The latter (or, more specifically, Brazil) is apparently going to receive two Motorola phones later today, based on a little teaser posted on Facebook. Both new members of the Razr family are wrapped in mystery, but at least one of them seems to have been leaked early.
Dubbed Razr D1, this is a smaller and more modest cousin of the Razr M and i. According to a number of local retailers, including Walmart’s Brazilian branch, the D1 is to boast a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 pix res display and an undetailed dual-core 1 GHz processor (probably a Snapdragon).
That definitely puts the little guy at the base of the Android food chain, but hey, it could have been worse – that chip could have been single-core. Other “known” features include a 5 MP camera (meh!), 4 GB of on-board storage (bleah!), but also 1 GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (wow!).
The 1,785 mAh battery sounds pretty sub-par, but given D1’s petite low-res screen and probably not very snappy CPU, it should perform at least decently. There’s also talk of “guaranteed” software support, but we’re unsure if that includes an upgrade to the next major version of Android, 5.0 Key Lime Pie, or if it only refers to 4.2.
In terms of design, the D1 is not only a tad unrefined, but also quite chunky, reportedly weighing in at a full 120 grams while measuring 10 mm in thickness. Oh, well, at least it’s probably going to be relatively cheap, at no more than R$600 (US$300) in an unlocked flavor.
Meanwhile, that second phone teased on Facebook remains a very tough nut to crack. Basically, we know nothing about it, but rumor has it it’s going to be a little more technically impressive than the D1.
Brazil has already received the 4.3-inch Intel-powered Razr i, so also bringing the M wouldn’t make much sense. In which case we could be dealing with a second entirely new handheld.
Anyone from Brazil excited about this new Moto duo? Disappointed?