We were just settling into our expectation that the terms "Motorola" and "Android" are always going to appear in the same sentence, but check it out: the new Gleam flip phone for Europe bucks the trend in a big way. Looking more like a South Korean or Japanese domestic market handset than anything else, the Gleam features an external dot matrix LED display that can flash a variety of messages and pictograms, while the inside sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a dual-band GSM radio (don't even think of importing this thing to the States), Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB charger, microSD slot with support up to 16GB, and a 2 megapixel cam. High end? Not exactly, but we bet the price will be right when it launches in the first half of the year in your choice of gray, red, or "thistle." Follow the break for the press release.

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MOTOROLA GLEAM™ - Great Design Never Goes Out of Fashion

Basingstoke, U.K. – Feb. 11th, 2011 - Motorola Mobility, Inc. today announced MOTOROLA GLEAM™, a slim (13.9mm silhouette) and beautifully designed flip phone for the style conscious amongst us, who appreciate the simplicity and fun of mobile life. The Motorola GLEAM will be demonstrated on the Motorola booth at Mobile World Congress (February 14-17th): Hall 8, Booth No. 8A51.

Feb. 11, 2011

MOTOROLA GLEAM integrates an FM radio, MP3 playback, a 2 Megapixel camera, video capture and landscape video viewing, so that you can stay entertained wherever you are. Equally, the design has a modern twist as an LED matrix keeps you notified of important upcoming events and information, whilst a beautiful glowing light emits from the flip's transparent base to signal a call or message.

"The MOTOROLA GLEAM is a stylish and fun phone that also offers consumers a number of key entertainment features," said Andrew Morley, vice president of marketing for Motorola Mobility, international markets. "It's also a little quirky with its lighting design letting you stand out from the crowd and make a statement."

Other key features include:

WAP 2.0 browser support
SMS, MMS, Email (POP3/IMAP)
32MB Flash/16MB RAM; end user memory>5MB, 800 phonebook, 500 SMS
Micro SD supports up to 16GB
2.4" QVGA display
GSM dual band 900/1800
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP support
Micro-USB charging & data (USB 2.0 HS); 3.5mm audio Jack
MOTOROLA GLEAM will be available before half of 2011 in 3 colours: graphite gray, lacquer red and thistle A. wired stereo headset will come inbox as standard. A video of GLEAM can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kc8U4umQdI

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

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