Motorola's Motoluxe confirmed for Canada
Budget handset to be released soon, no exact date yet
Published: 1 May, 2012
Anyone looking for some budget Android action in Canada will soon have another device to choose from in the form of Motorola's Motoluxe. The handset has already been released in Europe and while it isn't amazingly spec'd it offers all the essentials for people who'd rather not pay out for high-end hardware. There's plenty to recommend it and even if it isn't joining the ranks of devices that run Ice Cream Sandwich it avoids the entry-level tag and is not bad looking to boot.
Key features of the Motoluxe include a 4" display, 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. In addition to this there's an 8mp rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera for video calling and a microSD card to supplement the modest 1GB of internal storage. Not surprisingly Android 2.3 is the order of the day with no word on an update to 4.0.
It also comes with a "social graph" feature which monitors smartphone usage and learns the users most used contacts, making sure they occupy a more prominent position on the home screen. Similarly there's an "activity graph" that monitors app usage and highlights frequently launched apps.
Confirmed for Q2 little else is known about the availability of this device at the moment and exactly when it will arrive, how much it will cost, and who is going to carry has not been announced. However rumour has it that it's destined to turn up at Bell and Virgin Mobile. Currently the handset is selling for around £190 SIM-free in the UK, or $304 CAD, giving some indication of how much it's going cost when it gets there.
There's no sign no of the Motoluxe's budget buddy and launch partner the Defy Mini, but with the announcement of the Motoluxe it may make it to Canada soon and was recently spotted passing through the FCC indicating a possible release north of the US border.