Motorola has unveiled its next smartphone, the unusually named Quench. The Quench (which will be known as the Cliq XT in the US) is a conventional looking candybar handset with a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a touch-sensitive control pad.
One of the main features of the Quench is Motorolas MotoBlur service. This combines contacts, posts, messages and photos from sources such as Facebook and your work and personal e-mails, and delivers them to the home screen. Plus as the Quench runs on the Android operating system (version 1.5) you can customise the homescreen with shortcuts to your favourite applications and download new ones from the Android Marketplace.
On the hardware front the Quench is equipped with a 5Mp autofocus camera, music player with 3.5mm headphone socket but no radio. A GPS receiver is built-in and there’s a microSD memory card slot for saving all your favourite songs and snaps.
It can connect to the internet via HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi and can play Flash online content (such as animation and videos). The touchscreen should make navigating the web pretty easy, especially as it allows multi touch support so for example you can pinch your fingers together to zoom into a page (as you do on the iPhone).
The Quench features Motorola’s Swype writing technology. This allows you to type on the virtual Qwerty keypad by sliding your finger to each letter rather than by having to hit each letter individually.
Price and network availability for the Quench have yet to be confirmed although we expect to see it in the shops in the next few months.
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