Motorola has officially announced two new phones for U.S. Cellular, the Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 and the DEFY XT. The ELECTRIFY 2 will be their mid/high end phone (the specs are very impressive). It is 8.4mm thick weighing in at 130 grams, is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor paired with 1GB of RAM, has a roomy 1780 mAh battery, a 4.3″ qHD ColorBoost display, an 8 MP rear camera with a VGA front facing camera, and 8GB of internal storage. A very solid phone offering bringing higher end specs to a smaller phone (something we don’t see too often these days). It’ll be powered by Android 4.0 to top it all off.
The Motorola DEFY XT is a lower end phone, being Android 2.3 powered (seeing Gingerbread even on the lowest end of phones is still a bit ridiculous to me). It will have a 3.7″ “high-resolution display” (whatever that means), 1GHz processor, 1650 mAh battery, 5MP camera with VGA front facing camera, 512BM of RAM, and an 11.95mm thickness. However, this phone is of the durable variety, being water resistant, dust proof, and scratch resistant. So it would be a good phone for a rough job.
The ELECTRIFY 2 will be available online August 1st (today!) and in stores the next day, while the DEFY XT will be available both online and in stores the 3rd. Who’s interested in this pair of devices? They seem quite nice, to be honest. Who will be getting them? Tell us in the comments!
Full press release:
Motorola ELECTRIFY™ 2 and DEFY™ XT Launch on U.S. Cellular
Incredibly thin, made Kevlar® strong ELECTRIFY 2 available online today; tough and durable DEFY XT available August 3
Aug. 01, 2012
CHICAGO – Aug. 1, 2012 – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Motorola Mobility today announced two new Android™-powered smartphones to the carrier’s lineup. Motorola ELECTRIFY™ 2, the next generation of the popular ELECTRIFY that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will be available online on August 1 and in stores on August 2. Additionally, Motorola DEFY XT will be available online and in stores on August 3. Visit uscellular.com for detailed pricing and visit motorola.com for additional product details.
The Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 and DEFY XT through U.S. Cellular come with the carrier’s unique user benefits, including faster phone upgrades without re-signing contracts and the only points-based rewards program in the industry. Both smartphones will run on U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.
“Customers who purchase Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 or DEFY XT will not only enjoy a new cutting-edge Android-powered smartphone, but will also get the best customer experience,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “A mobile phone should make life simpler and easier to get things done and U.S. Cellular believes the customer relationship with their wireless carrier should be the same.”
With a slim 8.4 millimeter design, Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 is ultra sleek, made Kevlar® strong and features an invisible splash-guard coating to protect from spills. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display make ELECTRIFY 2 a multimedia powerhouse, perfect for gaming, movie watching, and web surfing. Great for capturing photos and videos, the ELECTRIFY 2 features a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 1080p HD camcorder. It’s also the first U.S. Cellular device to include SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that can help extend battery life as well as intelligently automate routine, everyday tasks and suggest ways to personalize your phone to make your life easier.
Motorola DEFY XT is perfect for customers looking for the features and functionality of an Android-powered smartphone with a durable design. Water-resistant, dustproof and with a scratch-resistant 3.7-inch touchscreen, DEFY XT is ready to take on everyday scrapes and spills. Not only strong and sturdy, it’s also a great device for keeping connected with friends and family with a 5 megapixel camera and a front facing webcam for video chats. Stay entertained with access to more than 600,000 apps and games on Google Play™, as well as millions of books and songs and thousands of movies and TV shows. Also, the customizable activity dashboards offer additional functionality with access to an integrated compass, pedometer, music player, and weather.
“Motorola is excited to bring the next evolution of ELECTRIFY to U.S. Cellular customers and Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 is ideal for those who crave premium features,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, North America Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility. “Motorola DEFY XT packs innovative specs into a resilient design that can withstand whatever life throws your way. These two products provide unique experiences and give consumers choice.”
For more information about all of U.S. Cellular’s devices and plans, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 25 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 54 percent will have access by the end of 2012. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.