US PHONE MAKER Motorola has announced that it will bring its Fire smartphone to the UK next month.
The firm's version of a Blackberry is set to tip up in the UK towards the end of September. It is a budget Android smartphone, though no price has been announced yet, designed for users wanting the combination of a touchscreen and a physical Qwerty keyboard.
Victoria McManus, UK marketing director at Motorola Mobility said, "We are excited about extending our growing smartphone range in UK, and Motorola FIRE opens up new possibilities in the smartphone market. The device's stylish design and its exciting and versatile social media applications will wow younger, tech-loving users in particular,"
The Fire has a 2.8in QVGA touchscreen and the handset runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has Motorola's Switch user interface that allows users to, er, switch between work and play modes.
Other features include WiFi, a microSD card slot, dual-band HSDPA and quad-band Edge. The Fire will have a 3MP rear facing camera and Motorola touts a battery life of eight hours talk time or 30 days standby in 3G mode from the 1420mAh battery. µ