Motorola FIRE confirmed for Europe – Android 2.3 plus QWERTY keyboard

This is the Motorola XT316, which will launch in Europe as the Motorola FIRE. It comes with a 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen, runs Android 2.2 (but Motorola is promising it’ll arrive with 2.3 at launch in the EU) and has a modest 3megapixel camera.

It’s as entry level as they get. This phone was announced by Motorola for release in China back in March, but now it’s coming out here too. Here’s the best photo of it we can find right now:

motorola fire

And here’s the full announcement, complete with poorly-formatted tech specs beneath:

Motorola Mobility Brings Color, Fun and Functionality to Budget Friendly Android Smartphones

With a QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8-inch touchscreen, Motorola’s budget friendly smartphone offers the fun of social media in a personalized package

Never compromise individuality with the new budget friendly Android™ smartphone from Motorola Mobility. The fashionable Motorola smartphone offers a full QWERTY keyboard with touchscreen display, interchangeable fashion jackets and ultimate personalization options users expect from the fun and versatile Android platform. The Motorola XT316™ is now available in China and will be available starting in mid-July in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Latin America. It will be available throughout the rest of Asia and in Europe later this summer.


Motorola XT316 has a sleek, modern design and a sophisticated finish. Its full QWERTY keyboard and 2.8-inch touchscreen display provide the perfect combination of tools for emailing, texting and browsing the Web. Users can stay in constant contact with friends and family through the world’s leading social media applications. And, Motorola XT316 transitions seamlessly between work and play, with a friends-centric widget to make it easier to manage contacts.

Motorola XT316 also comes with best-in-class battery life, allowing users to talk, browse the Web, text, play games and videos all day long. Motorola XT316 also has the Moto Switch user interface, which allows users to switch to a friends-centric mode when they finish work and head home for the day.

“With a fun, beautiful design and a great package of social media options, Motorola XT316 gives busy users the smartphone experience they crave at a price they can afford,” said Fei Liu, senior vice president, Mass Market Consumer Products, Motorola Mobility. “With the combination of the physical QWERTY keyboard, the touchscreen display and access to the entertaining apps and games, the Motorola XT316 outperforms other low cost mobile devices.”

The Motorola XT316 will be marketed as Motorola SPICE Key in Latin America and Motorola FIRE in Europe.

Key Features and Specifications:

Motorola XT316 runs on Android 2.2 (upgradeable to Android 2.3, Gingerbread in Fall); Motorola SPICE Key and Motorola FIRE run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Motorola XT316 Features

Talk and Standby Time

Up to 8 hours talk time and 27 days standby in 3G mode

Bands/Modes

HSDPA7.2Mbps/UL384Kbps, WCDMA850/1900 or 850/2100 or 900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 EDGE class 12

Dimensions

116.5 x 58x 13.45mm (4.6 x 2.3 x 0.53 inches)

Display

2.8” QVGA display with capacitive multitouch and full QWERTY keypad

Weight

110g

Battery

1420mAh battery

OS

Motorola XT316: Android 2.2 (Upgradeable to Android 2.3, Gingerbread in Fall)

Motorola SPICE Key: Android 2.3

Motorola FIRE: Android 2.3

Connectivity

3.5mm audio jack

Network

EDGE class 12;HSDPA:DL7.2 Mbps/UL384Kbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi b/g/n

Camera

3MP camera

Sensors

Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer

Audio

FM Radio with RDS support, 128poly MIDI, AMR, MP3, AAC, eAcc+ and AAC+

Video

Capture/playback/streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4

Memory

512MB ROM / 256MB RAM; MicroSD card slot up to 32G external

Location Services

GPS/aGPS, E-compass

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