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Moto preps 3 touch phones, more for Verizon

updated 09:40 am EST, Wed December 17, 2008

Moto 2009 Verizon Leak

Motorola is planning to launch four phones for Verizon next year that will include at least three touchscreen devices, a leak of prototype renderings from BGR reveals. Two of these, codenamed the Calgary and Flash, will represent major changes in design for the phone producer and both appear partly influenced by the full touchscreen design of the iPhone. The Flash is the most directly comparable and would be controlled almost exclusively by its display; the Calgary would have a Sidekick-style slider which moves the display outwards to reveal a keyboard.

A third touchscreen handset, the Inferno, appears to be a descendant of the Krave and has the same translucent touch cover. One non-touch device nicknamed the Rush 2 is available and appears to be a conventional messaging slider with a hidden QWERTY keyboard and a directional pad.

Specific hardware details and launch windows for the majority of the phones aren't available, though the Rush 2 is expected early into 2009 and both the Calgary and Inferno are likely to use Motorola's existing touchscreen interface.

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Calgary



Inferno



Rush 2



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  1. Faceplant

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    Interesting.

    For those of us who are Verizon users, I wonder if it will sync with iCal? The Storm will not do it well, if at all.

  1. Constable Odo

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    Is Motorola starting to

    show some life? The designs aren't bad, but I would imagine that the interfaces on these devices will probably be messed up. I'll give Moto the benefit of the doubt and wait until they get reviewed before giving them the old heave-ho.

    Moto ought to do something to try and gain some semblance of being a successful handset company. They couldn't even give this division away and that's pretty sad.

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