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Motorola is making a comeback




In a recent discussion with one of the top mobile phone retailers in the country, we talked a bit about Motorola and how they just quietly faded away in the Philippine market for a couple of years now.

If some of you might have noticed, Motorola stores in malls have been closed for a couple of years now and no new handsets have been introduced (despite introducing several new units in the US).

According to my source, it looks like Motorola is planning a comeback to the Philippines and along with it, probably the Android-powered Motorola Milestone (the Droid), among others.

milestone

Motorola Milestone
3.7 inches @ 480×854 pixels
ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz
PowerVR SGX530 graphics
133 MB storage, 256 MB RAM
up to 32GB via microSD (8GB included in the box)
HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
5MP autofocus camera w/ dual-LED flash
GPS w/ aGPS support

We’re not sure when this will be but we will eventually know once the Milestone has arrived. Some handsets that are sold in Hong Kong are reported to be selling at around Php27,000 so hopefully, the official release would be around that figure.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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40 Responses

  1. Lezuric says:

    This is awesome.. The question is.. how do you spell it? D:

  2. nsmorado says:

    this is a welcome news since my motorola phone is so old already.

  3. markmarcelo0210 says:

    MOTOROLA is coming back! Yipeeeeeeee!!! I am such a Motorola fan even before. My first GSM phone is a Motorola phone (I forgot the model of course). My favorite Motorola model was my Motorola RAZR V3i and RAZR V3x.

    Please come back Motorola! We miss you!

  4. Jon says:

    Wow. IT is about time for them to release this great phone here. So far, I haven’t read bad reviews of this phone.

    With regard to Motorola on the decline here, I bet that was because of some quality issues on the unit itself or the battery. I know a lot of people who had Motorolas and mostly complain of such issues. During those times, this brand was quite costly too.

    I hope they release this phone at a very affordable price (20-ish range would be great!) hehe, if they really want to stage a comeback. If I had the money, I would buy this one. Qwerty phones!

  5. jade bryan says:

    Comeback with what??? That is insane, you cannot recover the loss you made in this country with that device only. Bring the whole moto team here. Blur, cliq etc…sigh…

  6. pabs says:

    of course my very first cellphone back in 1996 was a motorola, I can’t remember the model now, but it resembles the ice scraper we used for halo-halo. And my first cellphone line was Piltel, there was no texting then, only phone calls. Oh I miss you motorola…come back….

  7. Herce says:

    Great news!

  8. xtian1986 says:

    yey support for my milestone! hopefully they will offer milestone accessories..

  9. JayBEsguerra says:

    Why is the keyboard layout in QWERTZ instead of QWERTY?

  10. Jhay says:

    The last time I saw a Motorola phone is about a month ago from a friend of mine. :P

    It’s good to hear from the phone maker again.

  11. cris says:

    Yup, Motorola is quite on the run with their Android phones.

    And I’m holding my money right now for that Motoroi phone-
    Android+ 720p HD video recording+ 8mp camera+ xenon flash+ hdmi+ divx support+ 3.7″ screen+ TV tuner= pure awesomeness.

  12. roiji says:

    @cris
    yeah motoroi rox!! but good luck that.. it’s available in south korea only hahaha

    i do hope moto comes back with a bang! along with phones the US is envious of *cough* motoroi *cough*

  13. guyrony says:

    I saw a Motorola Milestone displayed at a telecom shop in Trinoma last weekend. Looks really cool with its black exterior but alas, I’m more interested in the upcoming N900 so I didn’t bother asking for the price.

    For me it’s Maemo over Android. :)

    P.S. Can you please update me Sir Yuga if the N900 is already here in the country? I’m so obsessed in getting that kick-a** phone.

    Thanks and I am so much a fan of your blog.

  14. @JayBEsguerra – oo nga no? If I haven’t read your comment, I will not notice it. Hehehe.

    I think that’s Motorola’s future keyboard layout. hehe.

  15. JayBEsguerra says:

    @jehzlau. According to Wikipedia, the QWERTZ layout is mostly used in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Hopefully, the Asian version will have the usual QWERTY layout, or else, we’ll end up typing like a Jejemon. =))

  16. Arlene says:

    Is this similar to the Motorola Devour? :D

  17. pinoypen says:

    That is good news. I like Motorola phones for their durability. My first phone was Motorola back in 1994 and till now I have Motorola phone but not my first one LOL. I got one from Ireland.

  18. clyde says:

    had a milestone in sg but sadly it was stolen from me waaaaaah… it was only 20 days old wala pang scratch huhuhu… when i went to the phil for vacay available na ang milestone sa memoxpress for 32k… its a good news they’re back on track again…

    if u want android in a high quality build, milestone wont disappoint… grab it… im getting another as replacement for the stolen one pagbalik ko sa sg…

  19. jeff says:

    Should anyone be interested in buying this Motorola Milestone a.k.a Driod, we are selling brand new units for php 30800. All units comes with a full 1 year repair or replacement warranty (for units with serious issues, as Motorola has no available service center here in the philippines for their newer models), parts and service covered.

    For inquiries you may reach me at 09222900891.

    Thanks.

    http://tipidcp.com/viewitem.php?iid=1317059

  20. johnnybravo713 says:

    Great news !!!

  21. leemar says:

    ITS AVAILABLE AT MEMO EXPRESS FOR P32,500.00 12MONTHS INSTALLMENT.

    ILL WAIT A I LITTLE MORE UNTIL OCTOBER SANA BUMABABA NG KONTI ANG PRICE KAHIT HANGANG 26,000.00

  22. neil says:

    Motorola lang tumatagal na phone sakin. I’ve had 3 Motorola phones, all three lasting at least 2 years. When my last Moto phone died, i looked for a new one. It’s unfortunate that WX395 is the only model I found. I bought it, though.

  23. leemar says:

    meron pa kayo alam na ibang telecom shops na nagbebenta ng milestone? kasi sa memoxpress ang mahal @32,500.00

    please inform me. yun telecom shop lang kasi mahirap bumili sa walang pwesto, baka mamaya my defect.

  24. kristina says:

    i wonder if they will bring droid x here??

  25. eikei says:

    got a milestone, 19990Php!! This phone is splendid!!

  26. bryce says:

    @Eiki,
    What do you like most about the phone? At ano po yung mga ayaw nyo?

  27. eikei says:

    like the resolution, ang linaw, no match dito yung iphone 3 at ipod touch 4…
    like the camera, fast browsing, metal chassis, long battery life (kung ndi ka laging nakaconnect sa 3G internet)

    cons:
    mabagal yung orig GUI nya kaya download prolauncher

  28. eikei says:

    like the resolution, ang linaw, no match dito yung iphone 3 at ipod touch 4…
    like the camera, fast browsing, metal chassis, long battery life (kung ndi ka laging nakaconnect sa 3G internet)

    cons:
    mabagal yung orig GUI nya kaya download prolauncher..

  29. 7 says:

    @eikei where’d you buy it?

  30. Got the milestone din! Loving it, so far. It’s way better than my lost Spica. Modded it to CyanogenMod 6 (with GOT 2.2.1) although I might flash it again to Cronos… :O

    Cons:
    Battery life. Pfft.
    It DOES heat up – tremendously.

  31. Got the milestone din! Loving it, so far. It’s way better than my lost Spica. Modded it to CyanogenMod 6 (with GOT 2.2.1) although I might flash it again to Cronos because I’ve heard good stuff about its battery.

    Cons:
    Battery life. Pfft.
    It DOES heat up – tremendously.

  32. 7 says:

    @Kriz

    Where’d you get your [email protected]@

  33. Erich says:

    Visit your nearest MemoExpress brach. It’s on sale for as low as… Php 19,990.00 for cash payments.

  34. Erich says:

    Visit your nearest MemoExpress branch. It’s on sale for as low as… Php 19,990.00 for cash payments.

  35. vostro says:

    got my new HTC desire phone and a friend of my is using a motorola milestone we both played asphalt 3d game. HTC desire has a faster processor but asphalt game is not as smooth in motorola milestone because of its own GPU unit

    Camera of Milestone is superb even without a flash and can get the finest details even with low light from the surroundings. Not over saturated compared to other phones

    Screen quality, my HTC desire screen brightness is set to zero, the same with Motorola but the display of Motorola Milestone is superb even with the screen brightness set to zero

    Gorilla glass of milestone is really strong, we tried to scratch it with a screw driver but no scrathes at all but im not crazy to do that with my HTC desire

    I love my HTC desire but im more comfortable using the motorola milestone because of its superb build quality, looking forward to purchase this phone

    The only consequences that my friend encounters is the low battery life and no updates yet with froyo but i think they release it on 2011 1st quarter

    N900 doesnt stand up with the motorola milestone. i have an N900 but decided to gave it to my sister after 3 days of use

  36. Benchmark33 says:

    I prefer motorola more than other brand…pero nung nag close yung factory nila dito…mahirap nang mag avail ng moto units. Kung meron man, mas mahal. I hope nga talaga Motorla will build a newer factory dito sa Pinas para mabilis and mura ang price nila….plus I agree, matibay at tumatagal talaga ang Motorola…the last Moto phone I use is Motorola Rokr E6 (what I know is the very first touch screen phone released).

  37. gaschamber says:

    if Motorola closed their shops here, how will you get after market parts say, when the phone breaks yet still under warranty? No question it’s specs rocks but i’m worried ’bout that basic query..

  38. leemar says:

    kelan ba ang release ng froyo dito sa pinas?

  39. eikei says:

    @7 bought it at memoexpress, 19990Php, meron din sa wellcom, pero 28K yata don

    @gaschamber warranty? don’t worry about that, madaming service center ang moto dito :) minsan pa nga magkakasama ng service center ang moto, sony, and nokia.

    @leemar initial release of froyo for milestone here in the philippines is on Q1 of 2011 (that can be january, february, or march)
    you can check this site for more moto updates
    https://supportforums.motorola.com/community/manager/softwareupgrades

  40. AILEEN says:

    hello. can anyone tell me if the motorola droid a588 without a simcard board could be replace with sim card board?

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