Motorola throws Italia a smartphone curveball with splash-resistant Wilder (video)

Ciao bambini! Motorola just lifted the veil on its latest ruggedized phone, the Wilder, which is destined for Italian shores later this month in all its underpowered glory. The GSM dual-band phone packs a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a two megapixel camera with 15fps video, and 5MB (yes, MEGABYTES) of on-board storage -- so it's not going to be blowing anyone away with lightning-fast performance. Moto is rather light on specs, with no mention of processor speed, OS, or 3G support, but there's nothing here to imply that this thing has been sprinkled with even the slightest amount of Google dust. However, we do assume it's powerful enough to run pre-loaded Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and YouTube apps, and browse the web with Opera Mini. There's also a secondary notification display, expandable storage (up to 32GB), and some embedded games like Tetris and Need for Speed. The Wilder may only be available in Italy initially, setting you back a cool €89 (about $126), but based on these specs, your dough may be better spent on a few kilos of splash-resistant spaghetti.

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Get into the Action and Live Life for the Moment with Motorola WILDER™

Motorola Mobility introduces a fun, social touch screen phone that's splash and dust-resistant

MILAN - Sept. 8, 2011 - Jump into the heart of the action with the latest splash and dust-resistant touch phone from Motorola Mobility Italia. Motorola WILDER™ enables users to live life for the moment without worrying about their phone, whether hanging out on the beach, relaxing poolside, or amidst the muddiest and rowdiest festival scenes. Motorola WILDER will be available from September for €89 (VAT included, suggested price) at the main Italian distributors and retailers.

With a durable 2.8-inch touch screen, Motorola WILDER lets users access and integrate their social networking accounts, like those from Facebook®, Myspace™, Twitter and YouTube™, so they can connect with friends and stay on top of status updates all day long. Motorola WILDER also features a secondary notification screen, highlighting important information that matters most, like incoming messages from friends and family and information on the music track they're playing.

Motorola WILDER offers an FM radio for streaming the latest hits, exciting games, including Need for Speed, and cool apps, such as Soundhound®. The 2-megapixel video camera lets users document their wild adventures, and the Web browser keeps them entertained and informed while on-the-go.

"Motorola WILDER provides on-the-go consumers with a touch screen experience that is splash and dust-resistant, offering a cost-conscious option that is still cool," said Paolo Prearo, general manager for Motorola's Mobile Devices business, Motorola Mobility Italia. "The durable phone is a great addition to our device portfolio and was developed with our customer needs in mind. With integrated social media and a secondary notification screen, users can stay on top of what really matters to them, and being splash and dust-resistant, they can get into the action without worry."

Motorola WILDER Features:

Compact GSM dual-band phone with 2.8-inch QVGA resistive touch screen

Social networking integration for sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and YouTube

Embedded games & apps: Tetris, Game of Life, Need For Speed, Soundhound

Entertainment delivered with a FM radio and MP3 player. MP3, AAC +, AAC +, eAAC +, AMR NB, AMR WB, Midi, WAV

Capture the action with a 2-megapixel camera and 15fps video capture/playback

5MB on-device memory, up to 32GB expandable memory to store music, photos and more(1)

HTML Web browsing (opera mini) and support for messaging applications including SMS, MMS and e-mail

Bluetooth®(2) capabilities for wireless calls and music

Secondary notification display

910mAh battery delivers talk time up to 575 minutes and standby time up to 255 hours(3)

Accessories: a 3.5mm headset and micro USB charger

Splash and dust-resistant

Motorola WILDER will be available from September for €89 (VAT included, suggested price) at main Italian distributors and retailers.