Motorola’s had a couple of pretty restless months lately, but after Razr HD and Maxx HD’s releases there hasn’t been much left to report about Google’s subsidiary. Most Jelly Bean upgrades still don’t have clear ETAs, the rumor about a Moto Nexus device was probably fabricated, while other high-end gadgets are not expected to be coming anytime soon.
That doesn’t mean we get to forget all about Motorola however, because there’s a new budget-friendly mid-ranger from the company heading to US Cellular. Codenamed “Solstice”, the handheld has just cleared the FCC with model number XT901, being most likely scheduled for a December launch (this year’s winter solstice occurs on December 21).
This is the first time we’re hearing about the phone, so, as you can imagine, the details, specs and features are a bit blurry. Still, we know that the mid-ranger will sport a qHD display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution and will pack a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU.
There’s also Android 4.0.4 ICS on board of the device, which is another hint at an imminent release, while connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and 4G LTE.
We have no way to know if the phone will come exclusively to American regional carrier USC or if it’ll be available on other networks too, but we’d probably put our money on the former. As for pricing, the Solstice should probably be a tad pricier than the existent ICS-running, 1.2 GHz CPU powered Electrify 2. That means you should be ready to pay around $100-$150 on contract and $350-400 with prepaid plans.
Anyone looking for a decently priced and decently (cough mediocre cough) spec’d ICS-based phone? Could the Solstice fit the bill?