By Benedict Wee
I recently made fun of Motorola's first Android smartphone (the Morrison) for being too tween-friendly because of its choice of color and toy like appearance. But it looks like they have another phone for those who aren't 15 year old females or fans of Miley Cyrus.
The Sholes comes with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 512MB of storage, 256MB RAM, 5MP camera with autofocus, a microSD slot that supports up to 16GB (boo!) but comes with an 8GB card, a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB connectivity (you can see the slot below the C and V keys). No word about the processor though.
The design of the phone is similar to that of the Morrison except the D-pad has moved to the right of the slide-out keyboard and it sports the "HTC chin" design at the bottom when held upright. It looks weird cause the chin is supposed to provide easy thumb access to the trackball on HTC Android phones but the Sholes only has a microphone hole in that area.
This phone is set to debut in October on the Verizon (US) network but we might see this on our shores eventually. Motorola's latest offering would be the 8th Android phone we know about so far, giving us consumers a healthy choice of Google smartphones to choose from.