Motorola Spice

Motorola has announced the release of the Spice, a vertical slider with a 3-inch screen, running Android 2.1.  No news about any U.S. carriers, but we hear it's destined for Brazil, and has the radio technology to match.  While it may not be the Droid pro, the Pre Spice does bring the vertical slider form factor many of us want, and while not a screamer, it looks like it would be adequate if you really needed that sliding qwerty love. 

Full press release with specs after the break.

Motorola SPICE™ Fact Sheet
Looks good and works even better


It looks good and it works even better. The Motorola SPICE is perfectly packaged with a curvy, rounded design on the outside. And on the inside it’s all Android™. A full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, with a large, capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support for text input, pinch-to-zoom and fluid flick navigation makes it super easy to send messages on the fly and connect with all your friends while you’re on the go..

Easy Messaging with an Environmental Twist
If the sign says curves ahead, you’re probably checking out the Motorola SPICE. With its attractive, rounded design and a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard, it’s a smartphone that serves you smartly. It also is conscious of the environment by using 25% post consumer recycled plastics. The Motorola SPICE does everything you want and does it with a conscience.

Simplify your Life and Communications
Using multiple applications to check text messages, calls and calendar events can be time-consuming. But with Motorola’s exclusive Flashback application, you can now view and manage your phone communications and content all from a single application. Flashback keeps track of your call history, messages, calendar events and photos and videos, and maps them to a timeline. It pulls the key information from your day, simplifying your life and communications.

Surf the Web at Ease
Motorola SPICE offers a PC-like browsing experience with a full HTML browser. Enjoy your favorite Google services like Gmail™ and Gtalk™, and stay on top of the latest social media updates with Facebook and YouTube™ widgets. And with BACKTRACK™, the rear touch panel, you’ll be able to quickly and easily navigate and scroll through your favorite sites without obstructing your screen. Now that’s web surfing made easy...and mobile. And with thousands of downloadable applications from the Android Market™, many of which are free, your options are virtually endless.

Live a Little!
Are you in the mood for a little entertainment? The Motorola SPICE has a 3MP camera that lets you capture and playback video. Plus, all your videos and pictures will live in one convenient gallery that’s easy to scroll through and access from any PC – no software required thanks to Moto Phone Portal. You’ll also enjoy an all-in-one music player that includes a music library, FM Radio, song recognition application and Music Store.

Motorola SPICE will be available in Q4 2010. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please contact your local Motorola representative.

MOTOROLA SPICE

Software Platform

Android 2.1

Messaging/web/apps

EMS, MMS, SMS, Email (POP3/IMAP embedded), IM (Embedded – WVIM), WebKit with Flash

Audio

AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMAv10

Video

Capture/Playback/Streaming

Camera

3 MP, 8x Digital Zoom, Fixed Focus

Memory

256MB RAM x 512MB ROM – supports up to 32GB micro SD card memory

Connectivity

3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS

Bluetooth (1)

Stereo Bluetooth Class 2, Version 2.0+EDR

WLAN

WiFi (802.11 b/g)

Location Services

aGPS

Form Factor

QWERTY slider

Baseband

HSDPA 3.6 Mbps; WCDMA 850/1900 or 850/2100 or 1700/2100; GSM 850/900/1800/1900

WCDMA TT/SB Time (2)

TT: Up to 7 hours

SB: Up to 230 hours

Size

87.5 CC

Weight

145g

Dimensions

97 y 61 x 16.8 z (mm)

Display

3.0” 240x320 QVGA TFT

Battery

1170 mAh


Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Contact your service provider for details.

1 This device supports Bluetooth A2DP, HSP, HFP profiles. In order for Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit www.motorola.com/bluetooth. For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer.

Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.

2 All talk and standby times are quoted in Digital Mode, and are approximate. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

 
There are 17 comments

Mikey47 says:

Huh?!? The title says "Verizon announces the Motorola Spice", yet the article itself says "No news about any U.S. carriers".

Sounds like someone at Android Central isn't getting enough sleep, or there are too many Android product announcements that the titles just start to all run together ;-).

And that's what I get for using auto insert :) Fixed.

ebarr727 says:

He corrected the title! No Bing...must not be Verizon. :-p

ebarr727 says:

Isn't it enough for Motorola to compete head to head against Apple? Must they also rain on HP/Palm's parade with the Spice, and RIM's parade with the Droid Pro? I keep hitting the refresh button waiting for tonight's 4th MotoDroid phone....maybe the Droid 2Cup-1String!?!?!

unseenme#WN says:

yuk...reminds me too much of my Pre Plus...

cheburashka says:

Hell, that's exactly what I first thought... except I LOVE my sexy lil pre :) love my new epic too though ;) now, if only there was a way to run webos on it! Or maybe there is. Just habent had the time to read about Aos yet.

prissysox says:

Wow. This looks kinda familiar......hmmm....where have we seen this before? Why is everyone ripping off the pre form factor?

jfultz14976 says:

Awwwwww how cute. It's the palm "Pre (plus)"

Sorry couldn't help myself :)

EDIT: I love the comment, with "Pre" crossed out!!!

Smokexz says:

What's up with all of these new phones getting 2.1? They are perfectly capable of 2.2

its the child of the droid pro and pre plus.

but the pro was announced today? speedy cross breeding?

please someone help moto design.

smileshappy says:

With this phone plus the droid pro..

The ceo's of rim should be shaking right about now.
Up until now nothing from android directly competed with the black berry design from android.

Watch sales really drop for rim now.

crxssi says:

Hmm, it really is a Pre-factor.

Has the same limitation too- only 256MB RAM. Blech. And what it is with releasing new phones with only 2.1??? That should not inspire confidence, Motorola.

Mike77 says:

I wonder if it oreos.

tlower says:

Wow, I've had one of these for 2 years now...wait, that is the phone that looks like the Pre. Sorry, I'm not impressed...to me this is a let down!

kinster02 says:

Maybe this should be on precentral to give those guys some hope about new hardware since the news came out today that Palm will not be releasing any new hardware until early 2011... glad I didn't wait to get my Evo on launch day. I tried to convince them nothing new until after CES... by the time it comes out there will be an Iphone 5 and a Evo 2.

sookster54 says:

I sense Torch envy.

And as usual from Motorola, another model with shit specs.

palmwebosfan says:

I don't think anyone envies the Torch.