First announced in September, the Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR will be available to existing T-Mobile customers next Monday, October 19th. Interested buyers not already among the T-Mobile faithful will have to wait patiently until November 2nd to get their hands on the CLIQ.
Motorola’s first Android-powered device will be the third Android handset available to T-Mobile subscribers. Joining the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G, both made by HTC, the CLIQ will feature Motorola’s MOTOBLUR feature that aggregates email and social networking accounts.
MOTOBLUR will sync contacts, posts, messages, and photos from sources including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, and Microsoft Exchange. “Widgets” on the device’s home screen will display the latest updates from each source, and a contact’s latest social networking status and profile picture will be displayed when making or receiving a phone call or accessing the contact list.
The CLIQ is the first Android-based device to sport a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It will also be equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, a 3.1inch capacitive touch screen, 3G support, WiFi, and GPS.
The CLIQ is Motorola’s first bid to turn around its struggling handset division that has fallen on hard times as the company’s once hugely popular RAZR flip phone nears the end of its life cycle. Motorola is also slated to unveil an Android phone for Verizon’s network.