Motorola has expanded and renamed its Moto G series with up to five models so far this year, but as they let us know recently in an interview they still had at least one surprise up their sleeve. This is the Motorola Defy, the first device of a new family aimed at resistance to outdoor activities and durability.
The brand thus makes its debut in what is usually called rugged phones or “ruggedized” (i.e., rugged cell phones, as is the case with CAT brand phones). It is the first fruit of the alliance already announced with the Bullitt Group, a UK-based manufacturer specialized in the manufacture of ultra-resistant phones.
Motorola Defy Datasheet
|Dimensions and Weight||169.8 x 78.2 x 10.9 mm|
|Screen||6.5 inch HD+|
|Storage||64 GB (+ microSD 512 GB)|
|Rear Cameras||48 megapixel f/1.8 main sensor|
|Front Camera||8 megapixels|
20 W TurboPower
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Connectivity||LTE Cat 4, VoLTE, VoWiFi|
Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
|Others||Water-resistant (1.5 meters) for 35 minutes |
IP68 MIL-SPEC 810H
double-sealed casing Resistance to repeated drops up to 1.8 meters
Built to withstand a rather extreme day-to-day life
Although it is not officially about resurrecting a model like the Motorola Razr, the new Motorola Defy also has its predecessor: the Motorola Defy of 2010. It is a device launched with the same purpose of being an all-rounder, but the design and features of the current one are very different.
Motorola claims to have contemplated all real-life situations, with an emphasis on water resistance. The Moto Defy is IP68 certified and can be submerged up to 1.5 meters for 35 minutes, something that is achieved by a double-sealed casing.
The brand also boasts that the Defy withstands drops of up to 1.8 meters, having the MIL-SPEC-810H military standard certification that is usually a minimum in this type of mobile. So they want to cover the broad spectrum of falls that usually end with broken screens and scratches, such as falls from the roof of the car to falls from the pocket, so we’ll have to see if it can withstand all this.
Of course, it is a thick and heavy mobile, with 10.9 millimeters thick and 232 grams. Something logical considering the casings we have described and it is like carrying a standard mobile with an ultra-protective case. The aesthetics have nothing to do with the Motorola phones we are seeing, such as the Moto G100, having the camera module centered, some ordinary frames (without notch or holes), and a back with a striped pattern, as well as a removable wrist strap.
Normally these phones do not incorporate the latest features and do not prioritize power, and the Defy is no exception. At the screen level is a 6.5-inch HD+ panel, which has been protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus (0.7 millimeters thick), with both audio minijack and fingerprint reader (both on the sides).
Big in battery
The Moto Defy is also basic in terms of performance, fitting into the modest mid-range with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. A processor that includes a 4G modem and is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, expandable with microSD (up to 512 GB).
Part of that thickness and weight go hand in hand with the 5,000 mAh battery, which Motorola garnishes with its TurboPower (fast) 20-watt charge. The promise is two days of battery life after a single charge, so we’ll have to see if it delivers. In terms of software, by the way, it comes with Android 10, but they indicate that it can be upgraded to Android 11.
On the camera side, we see a combination also modest, but given the current situation, it is very fashionable. It integrates a 48-megapixel sensor for the main camera and is accompanied by a wide-angle 8-megapixel sensor, a macro camera, and a depth sensor, with an 8-megapixel front camera.
Pricing and Availability of the Motorola Defy
The Motorola Defy will be available in the coming weeks for €329. There will be two models, completely black or with the corner in green. We will update this article as soon as the exact date of availability is known.
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