30 July 2021
Motorola has officially launched a new rugged smartphone named Motorola Defy. It is the first release by the company since it signed a licensing deal with Bullitt, a UK-based rugged smartphone maker. It means even though the phone bears Motorola's name and branding, it has actually been manufactured by Bullitt.
The Motorola Defy first surfaced in rumors earlier this month and has now been made official. It is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance where it can be submerged into water up to 1.5m depth for up to 35 minutes. The phone further has MIL SPEC 810H military standard certification and is said to be "drop proof" up to 1.8m. In other words, if you are a clumsy user or someone who works in conditions that can be pretty tough for a smartphone, this is the device that you can have a look at.
The newly released rugged smartphone is essentially a Moto G9 Play in terms of specifications. It sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a dot-like notch. Motorola says that the display panel is usable even when it is wet. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. There is 64GB of internal storage but is supported by microSD cards for expansion.
The triple rear camera setup includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera on the phone is an 8-megapixel sensor. The whole package is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 20W TurboPower fast charging. Other features include a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint scanner.
The Motorola Defy is priced at EUR 329/GBP 279 for the sole 4GB/64GB variant. It is available in Forged Green and Black color options.