Motorola DEFY PRO splashes some ruggedness to the portrait QWERTY form factor

Motorola DEFY PRO splashes some ruggedness to the portrait QWERTY form factor
Of late, we’ve been hearing less about Android powered smartphones relying on the BlackBerry-like portrait QWERTY form factor. Of course, Motorola isn’t afraid of getting its feet with its own offerings, much like what we’ve seen in the past already with the Motorola DROID PRO and its many variants, but this time, they’re making some additional tweaks with its latest offering.

Although it’s not mentioned at the moment that it’ll be making a landing in the US, there’s no arguing that some people will take a liking to the Motorola DEFY PRO. In fact, aside from its obvious portrait QWERTY form factor, the DEFY PRO stands out for its ruggedized construction. Essentially, it’s yet another offering from Moto’s “Lifeproof” line of handsets, which are semi-rugged devices that can withstand the usual set of punishment.

Specifically, the Motorola DEFY PRO is water-resistant, dust-proof, and offers Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass to protect its 2.7” touchscreen. Of course, its portrait QWERTY keyboard is also another standout feature of the handset, but in addition to that, it features a 5-megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, and a microSD card slot. As for the software running on the phone, there are three user profiles that can be selected – with each one modifying the homescreen and the way you access apps.

Currently, the Motorola DEFY PRO is slated to launch in Brazil starting on July 15th, so if you’re interested in this one, you’ll need to think about a plan on how to import it. Then again, it’s always possible we might see some kind of variant hitting our shores in the future, but until we get confirmation, we can do nothing more than drool at this from afar.

source: Motorola



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting how there appears to be a market for a portrait handset with a physical keyboard - just not for RIM. Good luck to Moto.

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

man i want a keyboard like that :( i want an android phone that looks like a blackberry torch with the keyboard but reallty good specs

4. NickAMK

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I hear you. Also waiting for something like that with higher ppi and 5mp+ camera =/

9. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

this has 5mp camera

3. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

This looks like an ugly version of a blackberry bold 9900

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

All in the eye of the beholder, Christian!! (been a while. Glad to see a post!!)

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay Moto- I understand that this type of form factor requires smaller screens, but you knocked it out of the park with the slightly larger than 3" screen on the Pro and XPRT. Why go backwards? Other than that, love it as an option. Probably a little underpowered. Pro phones tend to be, for some reason.

7. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It looks pretty nice, It was about time they released another defy phone, cuz I love mine!

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i just hope motorola will be back on top! they make awesome phones! and samsung isnt appealing to look but they got killer hardware! motorola! be back in the business! especially on south east asia!!! :)

10. mtajulmuluk

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

Great Motorola,,,,

11. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Is this optical trackpad in the middle or 5-way button? I am waiting for this phone, probably next. Just hope it has at least 512MB of RAM and decent CPU. And please let it have higher resolution than the obsolete 320x240 (although when I am looking at the available pictures it is very unlikely ;-( )

12. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Hei the Brazilian guys please share some more specs, unboxing, video review, etc. I am dying for this phone.

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