Lumpy Motorola MOTOROI Gets Official, Not Much Use To You Unless You Live In Korea

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Remember that leaked Motorola, with the right-side tumor? It's just got official as the MOTOROI (great fun if you say it aloud), and while it's destined for Korea only, it has an extra trick up its sleeve: handwriting recognition.


In actual fact, the MOTOROI has five ways to get those words across, with a 3x4 keypad, full QWERTY, half-QWERTY, handwriting and writing pad listed. The specs sound great, certainly improving upon the CLIQ and Droid's internals.

Running on Android 2.0, it's got native apps multitouch on that 3.7-inch WVGA screen, takes photos with an 8-megapixel camera, records video in 720p, and has an HDMI out and a T-DMB TV tuner for watching 24 of South Korea's channels. 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot are pretty decent for storage options, and just like with its older brother the Droid, it comes with a docking station.

Unless you live in Korea, it's unlikely you've read this far. It'll be on sale next month exclusive to SK Telecom, though don't hold your breath on it making a western world appearance any time soon. [Motorola]


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What's more significant is that this would be the first Android device to be released in Korea with major carrier support. Of course, with Google not having large presence in Korea is probably one of the reasons why it took as long as to show up in these shores, I'd wager.

For the record, Naver [[]] is the major search engine and portal, and design wise is stuck in 2002, 2004 if you're feeling generous. Hell, Naver is large enough to infiltrate a large number of TV programs and commercials...

With the iPhone doing not too terribly in Korean shores, I'd like to see how this stacks up. And like in the states, the Droid device shows up on the nation's other major carrier.