Motorola Motoluxe and Defy Mini Vie For Your Budget Android Cash

By Sam Gibbs on at

Motorola has just announced two fancy new budget Android smartphones in the form of the Motorola Motoluxe and the Defy Mini. Both phones pack Gingerbread, so no Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget I’m afraid, but are both heading to Europe in February.

The Defy Mini has been rumoured for a while, and follows in its bigger brother’s footsteps being water-resistant, dust-proof and packing Gorilla Glass covering its 3.2-inch screen. It’s also got a three-megapixel rear snapper and a front-facing VGA cam for video chat. Motorola’s really pushing battery life with the Defy Mini, and rates it for 10 hours talk time and 21 days of standby on a 1650mAh battery. Other specs like processor and RAM haven’t been officially revealed by Motorola just yet, but being a budget handset you shouldn’t expect anything earth-shattering.

The Motoluxe is a more svelte creation available in white or “licorice” – that’d be black then. It’s got a front-facing camera for video chat, and an eight-megapixel rear shooter with a flash to boot. The 9.8mm thick handset sports a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) “edge-to-edge” screen; a colour notification lanyard "groove", and takes design cues from its older brother the Droid RAZR, minus the expensive carbon fiber, of course.

No pricing is available as of writing, but we’ll keep you posted on just how “budget” these two are. An 8MP camera on a truly budget phone would really raise the bar, if Motorola’s playing the pricing right.

Update: Here are Motorola's suitably over-the-top promo videos for the two phones: