Motorola Wilder is cheap, teen-focused, Brew-based, splash and dust-resistant, out in July in the UK
Motorola has just announced its first non-Android device in a long, long while. And there we thought the company would be basing its entire range of handsets on Google’s operating system. But no. It looks like Qualcomm’s Brew platform is also good enough for Moto right about now – at least for low-end devices.
The Motorola Wilder (which we’ve seen previously leaked as the EX130) is such an offering, and one that’s supposed to appeal mostly to teens. The Wilder is splash and dust-resistant, and it’s got a touchscreen. But its main feature has got to be the price: the handset will be sold by Carphone Warehouse in July for £49.95. Although Moto doesn’t explicitly say it, that’s probably a Pay as you go price, or maybe even a SIM-free price. So you really can’t say that this phone isn’t affordable.
It’s also got not one, but two screens. The main one is a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen, but there’s also a secondary 96×16 pixel display below it, used for notifications. The Wilder also has a 2 MP camera with video capture, 5 MB of internal storage space, microSD card support, dual-band GSM, full HTML Web browsing support via preinstalled Opera Mini, email support, a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth, a 910 mAh battery, and social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube). The device comes with some preinstalled apps and games such as SoundHound, Tetris, Game of Life, and Need for Speed.
Here’s a quick promo video of the Wilder courtesy of Motorola:
This clearly is no smartphone, but with a decent range of preinstalled apps and services, and with the all-important touchscreen (even if it is resistive unfortunately), this may sell pretty well. We’ll have to wait and see whether that actually happens, and also whether Moto will decide to launch this phone elsewhere.