Why, it was just yesterday when we reported
that speculation was circulating about a Motorola manufactured, Android 2.1
handset for pre-paid carrier MetroPCS. While certainly not the first Android device to grace the line up of the contract free carriers (that distinction goes
to the Motorola i1 on Boost Mobile that is powered by Android 1.6), it is the first Android 2.1 flavored phone to be made available for the unlimited, pre-paid networkers. Looking at the picture below, we could point out that this model appears to be a close relative to the Motorola CLIQ right down to the keys on the landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard. No changes were reported in the specs from the info we told you yesterday, which includes a 600MHz processor and a 3MP camera (vs. 528MHz and a 5MP camera on the CLIQ). The exciting thing about this device is knowing that you can get all of the excitement and fun from an Android 2.1 equipped model while paying about $50 for unlimited service. Of course, as we pointed out before, no contract to sign means no subsidized pricing on the phone, so you better be prepared to shell out the full retail price for the unnamed model.