Motorola XT531: Budget-friendly Android smartphone

 

By Posted 5 Aug 2011, 16:41

We have some rather interesting news now for those of you that are thinking about buying a new mobile phone but don’t really want to spend out too much money, as we’ve just heard that Motorola Mobility has recently announced a brand new budget-friendly Android smartphone, which comes in the form of the Motorola XT531 handset.

According to a recent press release over on the mediacentre.motorola.com website, the Motorola XT531 is powered by an 800MHz processor, and runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It comes with an extra bright, 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive multi-touch display and a 1540mAh battery that will provide up to 8 hours talk time.

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The handset’s battery can handle regular multitasking between games, web browsing and apps, as well as heavy messaging. The Motorola XT531 – which will be marketed as the SPICE XT in Latin America and the FIRE XT in Europe – also features a five-megapixel rear camera with built-in flash and auto focus, and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat.

With Qik Video Connect, users will be able to create videos using the handset’s cameras and share with their friends in real-time. Using the Qik app with the front-facing camera will enable video calling. Typing email and text messages will be easier and faster with the touch-screen keyboard, and access to popular social media apps will enable users to keep in contact with friends and family.

Thanks to the Moto Switch user interface, users will have the ability to switch between work and friend-centric modes depending on what they are doing. Other features include 512MB of internal memory, a microSD slot that supports cards up to 32GB, FM radio with RDS support, a 3.5mm audio jack, LED notifications and Wi-Fi (b/g/n) connectivity.

We haven’t actually got information on a price, but we do know that the Motorola XT531 handset will be available this month in China and Hong Kong. The device will then be available in Latin America and Europe sometime this fall. Do you like the sound of the Motorola XT531 smartphone?