BARCELONA: Motorola has introduced an Android-based business smartphone with encryption features and a physical Qwerty keyboard, as the manufacturer looks to entice enterprise users away from BlackBerry devices.
The Motorola Pro is an Android 2.2 Froyo handset powered by a 1GHz processor, and comes with 34GB of storage via internal memory and SD-card support.
Security features include AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, password support and device and memory card encryption. This is likely to make the device more attractive to IT administrators as data can be safely managed.
The ability to remotely wipe the device and SD-card has also been integrated, and is becoming a common feature on selected HTC and BlackBerry devices.
Additional features include full Adobe Flash 10.1 support and a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash.
The Motorola Pro is somewhat similar to the BlackBerry Torch, as it comes with a decent sized multi-touch 3.1in display and a physical keypad, but the Pro is not a slider phone like the Torch.
However, Motorola may struggle to prize corporate users away from the BlackBerry, which is well known for its secure encryption.
V3.co.uk was also able to get a closer look at the Motorola Atrix 4G, first unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.
The device comes with a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and slots into a docking station which transforms into a 11.6in netbook and gives seven hours of battery life, Motorola claimed.
Users are able to access their Android device using the larger screen and can surf the internet using Firefox.
The Motorola Pro and the Atrix with the laptop dock are expected to start shipping in the second quarter. No prices have been confirmed.
V3.co.uk will post video demonstrations of the Motorola Pro and Atrix soon.
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