Motorola may revive a ‘classic’ rugged Android phone


Just be prepared for mid-tier specs.

tl; Dr
  • A leak indicates that Motorola may be resurrecting its Defy Rugged phone with a modern version.
  • It will have modest specs, but a tough case that can survive water and sharp drops.
  • No word on pricing or availability.

Motorola’s return to the strong phone market may be a familiar name. The leaker is Evan Blass share Images and specs claiming to be a new version of Defy – a model Motorola introduced in 2010 as the first water-resistant Android phone.

The new Motorola Defy will have a more contemporary design, including three rear cameras and a selfie camera tucked into a teardrop notch. However, it will certainly be tougher than your typical phone. On top of IP68 dust and water resistance (not all that rare anymore), it will have a highly shock-resistant body that can survive six-foot drops on steel thanks to its “structurally reinforced” board. You’ll also get a lanyard to reduce the chance of drops.

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It will defy otherwise a contemporary Motorola phone – that is, modest specs with a few bright spots. You’ll have to stick with a 6.5-inch 720p screen, Snapdragon 662 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage. However, you’ll get a bigger 5,000mAh battery, and that screen will include Gorilla Glass Victus and support for wet fingers. A 48MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor will be on the back, while an 8MP selfie camera will be on the front.

It is not certain when Motorola will introduce the new Defy or how much it will cost. The plethora of press shots in the leak suggest the company is relatively close, and the specs hint at a reasonable price. Whether it holds up or not is another matter. A lot has changed in the Android phone market since the original Defy, and Motorola is no longer the giant it once was.



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