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Motorola Sholes, Headed to AT&T, Verizon, More?

Aug 11 2009, 10:01am CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Motorola Sholes, Headed to AT&T, Verizon, More?
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Earlier we brought you the spec list for the hot new Motorola Morrison smartphone. Now, thanks to a report from Android and Me, we've got even more news about this Android smartphone. First off, it appears that the Sholes is set to be the flagship for Android 2.0 or, in Google terminology, Eclair.

You see, each of Google's major Android builds have had a name based on some form of delicious pastry. Cupcake, donut, eclair, flan, and so forth. Eclair will be the 2.0 build of Android, featuring some massive changes to the OS. The Sholes was built specifically to show off 2.0, apparently by being a powerful gaming device. The Sholes' new ARM chipset will lead to a DSP and media processing throughput increase of roughly 400%. This will put it on par, if not ahead of the PSP and DSi.

If the Sholes sounds like your kind of smartphone, but you use a CDMA carrier, there's no reason to fret. A UMTS/W-CDMA version of the Sholes is in development and set to come out on AT&T's network in early 2010. This version of the Sholes will also be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. Whether or not this will mean a T-Mo release is not yet known.

And for our last bit of Sholes news today, there are rumors that a touchscreen-only version of the smartphone is also under development. The current Sholes has a sliding QWERTY keyboard. If you're not a fan of the sliding keyboard, you'll be able to get a slimmer version of the phone with a couple of nifty upgrades, including an 8 megapixel camera. This 'Sholes Slim' will be out in early 2010.

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