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Motorola unveils new entry-level smartphone for the masses

Smartphones are products that only the rich can afford, right? Well, not if Motorola has got anything to say about it, for word has it that the American-based telecommunications company has just announced the availability for an entry-level ANdroid-powered smartphone that has been reportedly designed to appeal to budget-conscious users who favor a smartphone that sports a compact build and decent specifications. More details coming right up.

Have you ever found yourself staring longingly at the vast array of smartphones that have been put up on display at various mobile phone stores, only to walk away sadly because the price tags attached to those mobile phones have enough digits to break your bank book? Well, it seems that Motorola is keen to break the perception that smartphones are expensive products meant to be used only by consumers with huge spending power, and that the company plans to do so with the introduction of an entry-level Android smartphone which it calls the XT531.

According to Motorola, the new XT531 smartphone will be preloaded with version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread), and boasts a "perfect balance of sleek design, affordability and intuitive functionality". The smartphone will also make use of Motorola's Moto Switch interface, which allows users to switch the XT531's user interface into one that is optimized for either productivity or entertainment on the fly to ensure that users have the best UI available to suit their varying needs.

The official press release has also revealed at the XT531 is no slouch where hardware spcifications are concerned, a trait which is not very common on most so-called "entry-level" smartphones. Backing up the XT531's data crunching power is an 800MHz processor, along with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that is capable of displaying content at HVGA resolutions. In addition, Motorola has confirmed that the XT531 will ship with support for HSDPA and EDGE, along with a variety of other standard features such as support for microSD cards with capacities of up to 32GB, 512MB of internal flash memory, rear and front-facing cameras capable of capturing 5-megapixels and VGA resolutions respectively, radios for GPS and WiFi connectivity, as well as a 1540mAh battery which is reportedly capable of providing "up to 8 hours of talk time and 28 days in standby in 3G mode".

No mention about pricing has been made by Motorola, but the company claims that the XT531 will be made available in either single-SIM or dual-SIM configurations, and that it will be first available in China come early August this year (which is now). Hong Kong, Taiwan and select countries in Europe and Latin America will get their own versions of the XT531 this Fall.

Source: Motorola

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