Motorola Mobility yesterday announced its latest “life proof smartphone,” the Motorola DEFY+, which is practically the Motorola DEFY (its predecessor) taken to a higher level.

Motorola released the earlier DEFY in October last year. Now that its predecessor has been officially announced, we can expect the Motorola DEFY+ to be available either next month or the next. Motorola, however, mentioned in its press release that the Motorola DEFY+ will be available in Asia, Europe, and Latin America–although we are not dismissing the possibility of a slightly tweaked U.S. version.

The Motorola DEFY was dubbed as a “life proof” smartphone with its ability to resist water, scratches, and dust. The new Motorola DEFY+ continues that heritage of ruggedness. There are only very few of such water-, scratch-, and dust-resistant Android smartphones.

The Motorola DEFY+ retains the same physical aspects of the original Motorola DEFY: 3.7-inch touchscreen at FWVGA (854×480) resolution, physical dimensions of 107 mm x 59 mm x 13.4 mm, and weight of 118 grams. It keeps the 5-megapixel primary camera of the original Motorola DEFY, as well as the amount of internal storage (2 GB, expandable to 32 GB with microSD card).

While the original DEFY only had an 800-MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3610 processor, the new DEFY+ carries a 1.0-GHz processor that primarily accounts for what Motorola claims as a 25-percent increase in speed over the earlier model. The DEFY+ also has the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread wrapped in MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s custom user interface.

Aside from the bump in processor and operating system, the Motorola DEFY+ also sports a battery with bigger capacity than the one in the previous model. The original DEFY had a 1,540-mAh battery, while the DEFY+ has a 1,700-mAh battery said to last 7.1 hours of continuous talk time and up to 16 days in standby mode.

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