T-Mobile primed to announce Motorola Cliq 2

T-Mobile's successor to the Cliq has been spied on the eve of CES. With a rumored January 19th launch date, it would make sense that the carrier is ready to announce the phone.

This could be the Motorola Cliq 2
Cell Phone Signal

Next week at CES T-Mobile and Motorola may unveil the successor to their 2009 handset, the Cliq.

A handful of images of the Cliq 2 made their way onto Cell Phone Signal's site yesterday. The photos show a device that looks nearly identical to its predecessor outside of a redesigned keyboard and a shinier bezel around the screen.

As you can see from the pictures, the phone will run Motorola's custom MotoBlur user interface, although the version of Android isn't certain. I would certainly hope for at least 2.2 Froyo, but wouldn't be surprised if it were to end up 2.1 Eclair.

Feature details for Cliq 2 remain pretty sketchy at this point. The pictures show a 5-megapixel camera on the back, while rumors peg the phone as supporting Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Assisted-GPS, and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). Although the previous original Cliq was the first on the market with MotoBlur, it was a mid-range phone at best so expect more of the same from this model.

T-Mobile has been working hard to promote its burgeoning HSPA+ network, so one might assume the Cliq 2 to support this 4G technology. Indeed, Wi-Fi calling is one feature that would help differentiate the handset from its carrier siblings. T-Mobile indicated back in the fall that some of its upcoming smart phones will feature the ability to make calls and send texts over Wi-Fi using the Kineto application.

Recent rumors have tapped the Cliq 2 with a January 19 launch date, so it would make sense to see T-Mobile and Moto showcase the phone at CES. Be sure to check back with CNET next week as we'll be on the ground, covering the announcements as they happen.