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Motorola Defy Mini getting rugged in the UK in late March

Commence Defy-nal countdown! The rugged Motorola Defy Mini will be arriving in the UK in late March.

Commence Defy-nal countdown! The rugged, wallet-friendly Motorola Defy Mini will be making its way to the UK in late March.

Earlier reports pegged this tough, tiny Android-powered toy as winging its way to our high streets in February. But don't be too disheartened, Motorola fans, for when it finally shows up, the Defy Mini will be sporting a pocket-pleasing 3.2-inch touchscreen, and will be resistant to water, dust and scratches.

Jolly good. Elsewhere the specs are little more than modest -- the Defy Mini will be rocking a 600MHz processor, and this burly smart phone's snapper sports a mere 3-megapixel resolution.

Still, this isn't a mobile built to astound with high-end specs, but rather survive a trip to the Arctic, then make a call to Interpol as you hang-glide off a cliff with ancient treasures stuffed in your rucksack, to let them know you've left a gang of notorious smugglers tied up in the centre of the forbidden temple you just escaped from.

Also it might survive being dropped in your pint. But take note -- Motorola's party-fuelled ads for the bigger Motorola Defy were banned last year and branded misleading, after three people claimed they'd been left with cracked screens having dropped their Defys.

Being a little light on features, the Defy Mini should offer decent battery life, with 10 hours being the touted figure. I look forward to getting my hands on one soon, to figure out just how rugged it really is.

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