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Motorola Motoluxe ‘ultra-vogue’ smartphone launches in the UK (Hands-on)

A hands-on look at Motorola's latest mid-range handset, the Motoluxe.

Motorola has officially announced its latest mid-range Android phone, Motoluxe, will be available in the UK. It will go on sale from the end of February. Clove currently has it for pre-order for £258 and it will be also be available through T-Mobile on contract.

The Motorola Motoluxe is a solid mid-range handset with good build quality. It’s reasonably slim at 9.8mm, and sports a 4″ display with 480×854 pixels, which amounts to a pixel density of 244ppi. The display size is a comparatively rare yet welcome compromise between the more normal 4.3″-4.7″ devices at the high end and 3.5″ at the lower end of the market.

The Motorola Motoluxe’s most distinguishing design feature is a lanyard slot in the bottom left of the handset that lights up in various colours in line with Android’s notifications system. It’s an interesting design feature, not entirely subtle, and is like to be an acquired taste.

The modest specs include an 800MHz processor, although the device feels quite responsive thanks in part to the only lightly skinned UI Motorola has added. MotoBlur, which was seen and widely disliked on many previous Moto devices, has been replaced by MotoSwitch, a UI which on first impressions appears to consist of a few widgets, some redesigned icons, but not too much else.

There is an eight megapixel camera with LED flash, as well as a front facing VGA camera.

The Motoluxe runs Android 2.3; Motorola has not yet announced whether an update to ICS will be available in due course.

Check back for our full review in a few weeks.