Motorola confirms Oct. roll-out for the Cliq

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Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha displays his company's new Cliq cellphone in San Francisco on Sept. 10, 2009. The Cliq uses Google's Android software and seeks to tap into the popularity of online social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Today, Motorola confirmed pricing on its Cliq – don't call it a click, or a clique, please, thank you! – smart-phone, which hits shelves nationwide in early November. (If you're already a T-Mobile user, you can hop the line, and get your Cliq on Oct. 19, a few weeks ahead of schedule.)

The phone, which will use Google's revolutionary Android platform, will cost you $200, if you buy the phone with a voice and data plan and a two-year contract. Not bad, all things considered – the pricing brings the Cliq roughly in line with the iPhone and many of the BlackBerry smart-phones.

Motorola rolled out the Cliq earlier this month. The big selling point on the phone is the Motoblur interface, which allows users rapid access to email, text messages, and photos. It also purportedly makes directly accessing social networks, from Twitter to Facebook to MySpace, a zillion times easier.

“With Motoblur we are differentiating the Android experience for consumers by delivering a unique mobile device experience designed around the way people interact today,” Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices said in a statement.

“Motoblur, which will be available on our first Android-powered device and on multiple Android devices in our upcoming portfolio, helps us to create phones that are instinctive, social and smart," Jha added.

The Cliq is expected to come with an array of features: A 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second; a 3.5mm headset jack.Wi-Fi and Bluetooth access; a 2 GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB cards; and a GPS receiver.


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