Motorola Mobility sends word that from today, the white version of its "style-focused" Motoluxe handset will be heading to UK supermarket chain Tesco, both online and in bric-and-mortar stores. The Motoluxe, which combines a 4-inch screen, an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, an 8MP camera and a PhilBlur'd Android 2.3 Gingerbread, launched on UK networks in black last month. As far as we're aware, Tesco is the only carrier currently offering the white Motoluxe at subsidized prices.
Moto says that Tesco Mobile, which runs on O2's network, will offer the 'luxe in white for free on 24-month contracts starting at £20 per month -- that'll get you 250 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB. The £20 price point about matches the prices the major networks are asking for the black version -- T-Mobile UK's contract prices for the Motoluxe start at £21 per month.
As we discovered during our CES hands-on, the Motoluxe is a decent, if unremarkable entry-level handset, and you could certainly do worse if you're shopping around for a free phone on a £20 per month tariff. We've got Moto's full press release after the break.
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Motorola Mobility Launches MOTOLUXE™ in White at Tesco in the UK
Ultra-stylish, ultra-vogue smartphone from Motorola Mobility just got cooler with an ice white version available at Tesco online and in-store from today
LONDON – April 11, 2012 – Calling all British style gurus! Get ready for even more choice when it comes to flaunting your fashion flair with the arrival of an ice white version of the ultra-vogue, rail-thin MOTOLUXE™ from Motorola Mobility UK Limited. The smartphone that combines brain and beauty is available in Tesco Phone Shops and online through Tesco Direct in the UK from today priced free from £20 a month on Tesco Mobile.
When it comes to panache, this Android™ 2.3 powered smartphone sets the bar high. With a 4-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies, you’ll always be connected, clued-up and entertained – whether at work, hanging out with friends or out on the town.
For photo buffs, an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro. You can even instantly share the pics with friends and family using the phone’s pre-loaded social networking apps.
But there is a reason this is called a smartphone! Incorporating Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, the MOTOLUXE learns who you talk to and which apps you use the most, and puts all that information front and center.
The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph focuses on your app habits; automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most to provide customised menus.
With Music Now you can now play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery feature displays your favorite pictures as collections.
When you’re on the go, MOTOLUXE’s GPS technology will point you in the right direction and make sure you get to where the action is. If that isn’t enough, the phone is Bluetooth®1-enabled, as well as your portal into Google Play™ - where you’ll find thousands of games, apps, music, books and movies.
MOTOLUXE also sets itself apart with a lanyard slot that lights up, so you can see when you’ve missed a call, text or even check battery charge at a glance.
“We are dedicated to offering great value and choice to our customers and we see the MOTOLUXE as one of the must have handsets of the summer,” said Tesco Mobile spokesperson. “The combination of the sleek and stylish MOTOLUXE and a choice of great value Tesco Mobile tariffs ensures this smartphone will be sure to turn heads both online and in-store.”
“The new MOTOLUXE in white offers even more choice to UK fashionistas when it comes to smartphones that combine sleek style and high-end features that won’t break the bank,” said Victoria McManus, UK & Nordics marketing director, Motorola Mobility. “Not only does this smartphone have a big screen and the latest, greatest entertainment tools, it’s affordable and combined with Tesco Mobile you’ll be sure to have plenty left over to take your brand new smartphone out and show it off.”
Pricing and Availabily
Motorola MOTOLUXE in white is available free from £20 a month from today in Tesco both online and in-store.