New Motorola Android phones to sport beefy specs

We have been hearing about Motorola's plans to launch two Android phones this year for a while now

Motorola's not messing around with its debut of two Android smartphones expected to launch this fall. The phones, code name Morrison and a the second Sholes, pack some serious specifications, according to reports at the site Android and Me. If these specs are the real deal Apple's iPhone may have some serious competition.

We have been hearing about Motorola's plans to launch two Android phones this year for a while now. First, pictures of the Motorola Morrison showed up on speciality blogs and shortly after, a sleeker-looking Motorola Sholes teased our imagination. Here's what to expect from Motorola's first two Google Android phones:

Motorola Morrison Specs

Expected on T-Mobile's network, the Motorola Morrison is rumoured for an October 21 release date. We haven't yet heard of a price for Morrison, but in comparison to myTouch 3G, T-Mobile's latest Android offering (in stores now), the Morrison packs in a better camera (5 megapixels) and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

The guys over at Android and Me claim to have the full specifications of the Morrison from one of their trusted tipsters as following:

CPU: Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz

Memory: 256MB RAM

Flash Rom: 512 MB

Memory Card Type: microSDHC, Class 6, 32 GB supported (max)

Display: 320×480 (HVGA)

Accelerometer: 3-axis, Four-way screen rotation

Magnetometer; Proximity Sensor; Ambient Light Sensor

Voice Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, W-CDMA 900/(1700 or 1900)/2100

Wireless: 802.11 b/g, WEP, WPA, 802.11i (WPA2)

Bluetooth Version: 2.0 + EDR

Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP 1.5, HSP, SDAP, SPP

USB: USB 2.0 High Speed, Micro USB connector

Headset Jack: 3.5mm, Stereo out, Mic

Camera Resolution: 5 megapixels

Image Capture Resolution (max): 2560×1920

Camera Features: Autofocus, White Balance, Geotagging, Color Effects

Camera Digital Zoom (max): 5.4x

Video Recording Resolution: 320×240 (QVGA)

Video Recording Frame Rate: 25 fps

Location Services: Standalone GPS w/ internal antenna, Assisted GPS, E-Compass

Motorola Sholes Specs

The Motorola Sholes is said come on Verizon's network and is deemed as the flagship Google Android device this year. The Sholes will also be Verizon's first Google Android phone. One of Sholes' main strengths will be its 3.7-inch screen, which would be larger than the iPhone's or HTC's Android offerings.

The Motorola Sholes is rumored to ship with Eclair (probably Android 2.0), featuring many user interface enhancements and a focus on gaming and multimedia. The expected retail price for the Motorola Sholes (with a Verizon contract) is $199 and speculation puts a launch date for the device sometime in November.

Again, the Android and Me guys leaked some specifications of the Motorola Sholes, as following:

CPU: OMAP3430 - 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x+ DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)

Dimensions: 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm

Weight: 169 g

Battery: Li-ion 1400 mAh.

Standby 450 hours, talk time 420 minutes

3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, 16 million color depth. Physical screen size is 45.72 mm by 81.34 mm.

512MB/256MB ROM/RAM

microSD / microSDHC expansion slot

Camera: 5.0 megapixel with autofocus and video recorder

Connectivity: USB2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi

Supported audio formats: AMR-NB/WB, MP3, PCM / WAV, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA

Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV

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For more touchscreen smartphone goodness, you might want to check this summer's Smartphone Palooza: 10 Hot Touchscreens Compared.

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