Moto adds Android to its MING Line in China: 3 Flip Phones

The Motorola MING Android family: XT806, A1680, MT810

Motorola has finally announced what was up with those leaked flip phones back in April.  They've just issued a pressrelease announcing three new phones for their MING brand, sold in China.  The three phones each head to a different carrier, each using a different flavor of CDMA.  There are a few differences between the phones, as well.

The MT810 is headed for for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, the XT806 for China Telecom's CDMA-2000 network, and the A1680 for China Unicom's WCDMA network.  All are equipped with a stylus for writing on a resistive display.  Other than supporting the different networks, let's take a look at each of the handsets.

The MT810 (the Beihai)  has the most interesting feature of the three.  The flipscreen isn't just there to protect the display.  Underneath the hood is a 3.2 inch resistive touch display,  ideal for writing email.  Lower the screen and now the capacitive multitouch screen responds to your fingers, perfect for surfing the Web, looking at photos, or reviewing your text messages.  In addition, the MB810 sports a 5 megapixel camera, 720p HD video playback and D1 capture.  The OS is OPhone 2.0, an Android skin. China Mobile, the carrier, has a Mobile Market with over 7000 apps available.

The XT806 (the Qilin) doesn't have that flip-down capacitive screen (it's just a protective cover for a resistive display), but it is a dual-mode phone that can run on GSM as well as CDMA, perfect for world travelers.  It is equipped with Android OS 2.1 and a built-in FM radio, as well as specialized multimedia tools such as QuickNotes.

And the A1680 (the Lucky), lags along with Android 1.6 but has an 3.1 inch AMOLED display with 800 x 480 resolution.  Like the XT806, the flip screen is merely cosmetic.  From the specs it appears this model supports better web browsing with HTML support, plus the SoftStylus handwriting recognition system.  It has a 5 megapixel camera but video is QVGA at 15 frames per second.  Motorola's SHOP4APPS market has over 800 apps available.

The MING line, specifically designed for the China market, dates back to 2006, and features Chinese handwriting recognition.


Full press release from Motorola:

Motorola Mobility Brings Androidâ„¢ to its Iconic MINGâ„¢ Line with Three New Smartphones for China

Androidâ„¢ power and China-specific features create intuitive, intelligent phones to help you succeed in work and life
August 30, 2010

Beijing, August 30, 2010 - Motorola, Inc., (NYSE: MOT) today launched three new Androidâ„¢ smartphones in its successful and iconic MINGâ„¢ series designed especially for China. The phones combine a superior Android touchscreen experience with updated MING styling and features, and include the MT810 for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, the XT806 for China Telecom's CDMA-2000 network, and the A1680 for China Unicom's WCDMA network. Today's launch extends Motorola's leading portfolio of Android devices in the world's largest mobile telecommunications market and reflects the Company's commitment to designing phones especially to meet the needs of Chinese users.

"The new MING smartphones reflect our focus on intuitive intelligence, and are designed to adapt themselves to you and your life," said Mr. Frank Meng, Corporate Vice President and President, Greater China, Motorola Mobility. "With MING we've combined our engineering expertise with a deep understanding of how people in China use their devices to create powerful, user-friendly smartphones that 'feel just right' and will bring great mobile experiences to our customers here."

The three new MING smartphones bring Motorola's portfolio of Androidâ„¢ devices in China to a market-leading eleven, all released in less than a year. More than half the Android smartphones sold in China in the first half of 2010 were Motorola devices.

Designed in China for Chinese people and first launched in 2006, the MING rapidly established itself as a hit with its distinctive design and special features such as superb Chinese handwriting support, developed by Motorola and now in its sixth generation, and PDA functions that were useful and intuitive long before smartphones were a household word. Since the launch of the series more than five million Ming devices have sold in China.

"With MING and Android we're bringing together two great Motorola success stories in China," said Mr. Bin SHEN, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Product Management, Motorola Mobility. "MING has been a hit in China because it was designed especially for the way Chinese people live, work, and play with their handsets. Androidâ„¢ has been a hit globally and in China thanks to its power and ease of use. By combining MING and Android, we've given Chinese professionals three great, new mobile devices for building their success designed exclusively for them."

All three of the new MING devices offer a full touchscreen experience and sport an updated version of the MING flip design, including the signature transparent flip cover.

MT810: Social Meets Business for China Mobile

MT810 is being jointly launched with China Mobile, the world's largest mobile telephone operator by subscribers, and uses China Mobile's OPhone OS 2.0â„¢ implementation of Android. The MT810 has a unique dual-touch system in which the 3.2-inch display is a resistive touchscreen perfect for stylus or finger input and the transparent cover is a second capacitive touchscreen that offers full finger touch functionality even when the phone is closed. A suite of pre-loaded intelligent business applications enables you to stay successful on the go while D1 (720 x 480) video capture, 720p HD video playback and powerful audio-video functionality, including support for China's CMMB mobile television format, offer an unparalleled mobile entertainment experience. Access China Mobile's Mobile Market with more than 7000 applications and tens of thousands of themes.

XT806: An Internet Powerhouse for China Telecom

XT806 is an Internet-connected powerhouse built on Android 2.1 and offered by Motorola and China Telecom. Easy connectivity and dual-mode/dual-standby support for CDMA EVDO and GSM enable seamless roaming so you can receive information around the world. XT806 also provides integrated mobile business application tools such as Quicknotesâ„¢, and innovative application that allows you to easily work on text, voice recording, videos, pictures, sketches and screen snapshots. With these features, the XT806 becomes a multimedia notebook that can help you search and work at any critical moment. It also has a transparent flip design and a 3.2-inch screen with a super-sharp 300dpi display, powerful GPS navigation services and 720p HD video capture and playback. Access Motorola's SHOP4APPS, with over 800 specially selected applications.

A1680: Iconic MING Redefined for China Unicom

A1680 brings Android together with a design that reflects the classic and elegant MING heritage. A 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen offers a crystal clear display and excellent touch capabilities. A1680 supports China Unicom's WCDMA network, as well as WAPI and WIFI1 high-speed connectivity for easy access to the mobile Internet. Motorola's acclaimed intelligent handwriting recognition software has been perfected for the A1680 while a sixth-generation SoftStylusâ„¢ handwriting system easily captures your personal penmanship style. The A1680 also has a 5MP camera and GPS navigation services. Access Motorola's SHOP4APPS, with over 800 specially selected applications.

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