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Motorola shows China-bound Android phones

At CES, Motorola displayed two Android handsets bound for China, the XT800 and MT710.

LAS VEGAS--Motorola's new Backflip Android phone captured most of our attention at CES, but the company also displayed two recent touch-screen devices destined for the Chinese market.

The XT800 has an attractive slim design with a 3.7-inch, 16 million-color WVGA display. I handled it for a few moments and liked how solid the device is and how it fit squarely my hand. It runs Google Android 2.1 and sports a standard 3.5mm headset jack.

The feature set is respectable. You'll find two SIM card slots, a 550MHz processor, Wi-Fi, A2DP Bluetooth, a 5-megapixel camera with video recording, a music player, GPS, messaging and e-mail, a microSD card slot, and a speakerphone.

The MT710 also runs Android, but the OS hides behind a customized user interface for the Chinese carrier. Also a touch-screen device, the handset is basically rectangular, though rounded corners on the left side make it resemble a book. An orange stripe runs on the left side and the skin has a metal finish.

Under the hood are messaging and e-mail, Bluetooth 2.1, an accelerometer, a 5-megapixel camera with video recording, a music player, a speakerphone, and a microSD card slot. As the touch screen is resistive, the MT710 comes with a stylus.

Motorola XT800 Kent German/CNET
Motorola MT710 Kent German/CNET