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U.S. Cellular to sell Motorola Electrify 2 and Defy XT

Chicago-based carrier U.S. Cellular broadens Android lineup with new Motorola handsets.

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U.S. Cellular just announced plans to offer two new Android smartphones, the slim Motorola Electrify 2 and rugged Defy XT on August 1 and August 3.

The Electrify 2, a follow-up to the original Electrify will ship running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 4.3-inch LCD screen featuring Motorola's ColorBoost enhancements.

At 0.33 inches thick and sporting the same Kevlar coating as the Motorola Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, and Atrix HD, the trim device looks right in line with Motorola's design aesthetic. In fact, with the same display and 8-megapixel camera the phone is likely a direct U.S. Cellular port of the Atrix HD on AT&T.

The Motorola Defy XT features minor updates compared with the Defy sold by T-Mobile. It's powered by 1GHz CPU and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread as opposed to Android 2.1, which the first Defy featured. It is built to survive dust, drops, and splashes though like its forebear.

Expect the Electrify 2 to sell for $199.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate), and the Defy XT to cost $99.99 (also after rebate). Check back soon as we learn more details and review these devices in depth.