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Motorola's Cliq XT is eighth Android phone

Phone maker makes further commitment to Google OS

Motorola released its eighth Google Android smartphone on Monday called the Quench or Cliq XT, which comes with a touchscreen and a virtual keyboard.

The phone is based on version 1.5 of Android and features Motorola's own Motoblur, which, for example, syncs emails, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter messages. On the software side there is support for Adobe Flash Lite, according to Motorola.

The Quench will be available in the first quarter of 2010, according to Motorola. In the US the phone will be called Cliq XT and be available next month exclusively through T-Mobile USA. Motorola didn't provide details on other parts of the world where the Quench will become available. Pricing was not immediately available.

The Quench also features a music player that connects to the web and social media networks, including TuneWiki and SoundHound, Motorola said.

The touchscreen on the Quench measures 3.1 inches and has a 320 x 480 pixels resolution. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a LED (Light-Emitting Diode) flash, A-GPS (Assisted-GPS), with turn-by-turn direction and voice-activated search.

It surfs the web using Wi-Fi or HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) at 7.2M bps.

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