On Tuesday, April 24, at 12 noon Motorola will unveil its newest smartphone for the gadget-hungry Tico market at an event at the Luxe Lounge in Escazu.
Based on preliminary reports, Motorola is hailing its new personal communications device as “Thinner, Faster, Smarter.” Not much else is known about the smartphone.
Since Motorola Mobility is currently in the process of being acquired by Internet technology giant Google, it is safe to assume that the mystery smartphone will be powered by the Android mobile operating system. While there are quite a few Android devices operating in Costa Rica at this time, none of them ship with the acclaimed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -at least not officially. One of the most advanced Android devices in Costa Rica, the Samsung Galaxy SII, ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread -though it can be upgraded.
Incidentally, Samsung has announced that the latest Galaxy -the SIII- will be unveiled in early May.
The smartphone to be unveiled at the Luxe Lounge -where former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan played earlier this year- could be a number of handsets introduced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January:
- The Droid Maxx: a descendant of the RAZR family which promises 21.5 hours of talk time, 380 hours of stand-by time, and the opportunity to watch more than 5 full-length movies in a row.
- The Droid 4: a 4G business-minded smartphone with full, illuminated QWERTY keyboard and virtualization features to give it the functionality of a desktop PC.
- The Atrix 4G: a dual-core 1GHZ smartphone that’s more powerful than many notebooks on the market, and which comes with a special dock that transforms it into a laptop.
- The Cliq 2: a slider-type smartphone with full keyboard that connects to 4G networks and focuses on online social networking interactions.
Should the new Motorola smartphone come with Android 4.0, users will be able to take advantage of the new and updated Google Chrome browser for Android -a vast improvement over the generic “Robot” browser.