Motorola XT701 (aka Sholes) plus MT710 and XT800 Android smartphones get official

Honestly, you sit around waiting for one Motorola tablet and a few drop into your lap at once. SlashGear reader Dion flagged up three new Motorola devices seemingly headed for the Chinese market, including one which looks to be the touchscreen handset formerly known as the Sholes: the Motorola XT701, the MT710 and finally the XT800. All three run Android and have sizeable 3.7-inch 854 x 480 displays like the Motorola DROID.

Of the three, the most interesting to us are the XT701 and the XT800, since the MT710 uses China's own TD-SCDMA wireless standard and thus is unlikely to make it to US or European shores. In contrast, Motorola have given the XT701 HSDPA/HSUPA and the XT800 actually gets dual-mode GSM/EVDO, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and 5-megapixel autofocus cameras. The XT701 gets a Xenon flash to go with it, while the XT800 makes do with dual-LED, but the latter does pack an HDMI output for 720p HD.

Each is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor and has just about all the sensors, accelerometers and ports we've come to expect from a current Android smartphone. They'll apparently arrive on all three of China's various networks – the XT701 to China Unicom, the MT710 to China Mobile and the XT800 to China Telecom – but we're still nowhere near hearing about a release anywhere else.

Motorola XT701 (aka Sholes) specifications:

  • WCDMA / HSDPA 10.2M / HSUPA 5.76M
  • 3.7-inch-wide touch-screen , 854X480 resolution
  • 5 million pixel auto-focus camera, Xenon flash , high-quality image capture
  • Strong CortexTM-A8 quad-core processor, multi-tasking at the same time smooth collaboration, high-speed operation
  • Built-in gravity sensor, infrared proximity sensors, ambient light sensor
  • GPS / aGPS navigation
  • WLAN: 802.11 b / g, WAPI / WIFI
  • Video capture / playback / streaming media
  • Maximum support 32GB Micro-SD (HC) expansion cards
  • FM Stereo FM radio
  • OMTP standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, while supporting the traditional 3.5 mm headphone
  • Support MP3/AAC/AACv1/AACv2/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/MIDI/MIDI/WAV/Ogg Vorbis /
  • PCM music formats, etc.
  • Supported video formats MPEG4/H.263/H.264
  • Support SMS, MMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP4) and enterprise-class e-mail
  • USB 2.0 high-speed data transfer
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR High-speed transmission / Wireless Bluetooth Stereo
  • Motorola XT800 specifications:

  • Android 2.0 with full suite of Google applications
  • CDMA EVDO / GSM dual-network
  • 3G network support, WIFI / WAPI free switching
  • 3.7-inch high-definition resolution of 854×480
  • HDMI high-definition (720p) output
  • 5 million pixel digital camera, auto focus, dual LED flash
  • Cortex TM – A8 multi-core processor
  • MOTO-specific Nicam -professional intelligent noise reduction
  • GPS
  • 32GB Micro-SD
  • Electronic Compass & Support for gravity sensing
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • FM Stereo FM radio
  • Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • [Thanks Dion!]