Motorola launches Defy Mini in SA

2012-06-19 11:20
Motorola has launched the Defy Mini smartphone in South Africa. (Motorola)

Motorola has launched the Defy Mini smartphone in South Africa. (Motorola)

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Cape Town - Motorola has launched the Defy Mini smartphone in South Africa.

The device is the latest salvo in the ongoing smartphone war with companies seeking to gain the upper hand in a developing market like SA, still dominated by Research In Motion BlackBerry devices.

Motorola has differentiated the Defy Mini as a rugged "go anywhere" smartphone. Similar to higher end smartphones, the Mini also sports Gorilla Glass.

The device is water and dust resistant, and has a slightly smaller screen size at 8cm, than the flagship Razr.

The smaller touch screen display should see the Mini deliver a longer battery life and the device is targeted toward a lower income market segment with a recommended retail price of R1 999.

It has a 3 megapixel main camera and a VGA secondary camera as well as a lower-powered 600MHz processor.

The Android operating system now commands the majority of smartphone devices worldwide, but in SA, BlackBerry devices make up about 65% of the market.

Manufactures have been racing to launch smartphones to cater to a widening appetite for smartphones in SA, despite a lack of an unlimited internet data package such as the BlackBerry Internet Service.

Samsung leads the Android market with its flagship Galaxy SIII, but also offers the Galaxy Pocket for a R999 recommended retail price.

The cheapest Android smartphone in SA though, is the Huawei 858, also marketed as the Vodafone 858, for R699.

The Defy Mini runs the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and has an LED flash for the camera, GPS, and built-in radio.


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