Ruggedized smartphone is a niche market, and if we go by the history, Motorola is popular for these kinds of phones. Motorola was the first company to launch a rugged Android smartphone back in 2010, which was then marketed as water-resistant, dust-resistant, impact & scratch-resistant, and was essentially achieved with the help of port covers and Gorilla Glass screen. The successor, Motorola Defy+, has also managed to get IP67 certification for being water resistant and dust proof, and is sold in good numbers.
What’s missing in the market is a rugged smartphone with physical keyboard, and Motorola is all set to fill the gap with Motorola Defy Pro. It’s the first ruggedized Android smartphone to have a physical QWERTY keyboard, and is able to resist dust, water, and scratches, while managing to look sleek enough and not like a brick. There isn’t any clear information on the specifications, but it has a 2.7″ display with Gorilla Glass protection, a 5MP camera with flash, microSD slot, DLNA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and will be running Android 2.3, which is a bit disappointing as Android 4.0 has been around for over 8 months now.
The handset provides with three different user profiles or as the company would like to put it as “Dashboards”, which include outdoor, hiking, and workout views. These views basically display data such as weather, track your hiking trails, and monitor your workouts, which are appropriate for the situation based on your selection.
The phone is being promoted with QuickOffice app and comes loaded with it. It’s worth noting that QuickOffice was acquired by Google recently, and so was Motorola. The Motorola Defy Pro will be up for sale in Brazil July 15th onwards. Motorola hasn’t unveiled the price tag either, but going by the track record of other devices in the Defy range, it got to be something reasonable.