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Motorola Fire XT: Android 2.3 Gingerbread middleweight phone with a 5-megapixel camera

Motorola is a company keen to play with fire it seems. The Fire XT is a follow-up phone to the Qwerty-toting Motorola Fire, announced last month. The Fire XT improves on its incendiary brother by packing a more powerful camera – 5-megapixels and a flash compared to the original Fire’s flash-less 3-megapixler.

The Fire XT also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box while the Fire will require an upgrade as it’ll ship with 2.2 Froyo.

Other specs of the Fire XT include a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 800MHz chip and a front-facing VGA camera. Hopefully future updates for the Skype Android app will allow videocalls to be made with the Fire XT.

You get a slender 512MB of internal memory to play with which you can thankfully bulk out with microSD cards, up to 32GB.

The Fire XT also boasts similar “best-in-class battery life” of the Fire offering up to 28 days standby in 3G mode and a 8 hours of talk time.

It’ll be available sometime this month in China, where it’ll be sold as the XT531, and “select countries in Europe” throughout autumn. We’ve been in contact with Motorola and they’ve not yet been able to confirm whether or not this will be hitting the UK shelves. We’ll let you know either way.

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