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Earlier this year, a deal between Motorola and the UK-based rugged phone maker Bullitt Group was reached. In this light, Moto has launched the first phone from the partnership – the Motorola Defy (2021). This is the first Defyphone since 2012 and it has a rugged body with internals similar to the Moto G9 Play.

Motorola Defy 2021 is a rugged smartphone

The phone comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ screen protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The panel sports a water drop notch for the 8MP selfie shooter. The phone features a ruggedized plastic body which is IP68-certified for water and dust protection.

Motorola also assures the Defy can operate in outside temperatures ranging from -25°C to +55°C. The new Defy is also advertised as drop-proof from up to 1.8m heights as long as it lands on the side or corner frame.

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Around the back, we get a 48MP primary camera which is backed by two 2MP modules for macro shots and depth data. The Snapdragon 662 sits at the helm aided by 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. You also get a 5,000 mAh battery with 20W charging and Android 11 with Moto’s UX interface on top.

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Motorola Defy 2021 specs

Motorola Defy (2021) Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands:
    • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – LATAM
    • HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – EMEA
  • 4G bands:
    • 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41 – EMEA
    • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 28, 66 – LATAM
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
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Launch

  • Announced: 2021, June 17
  • Status: Exp. release 2021, July

Design

  • Dimensions: mm
  • Weight:
  • Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), plastic frame, plastic back
  • Colors: Black, Green
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 35 mins)
  • Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8 m
  • MIL-SPEC 810H compliant

Display

  • Type: IPS LCD
  • Size: 6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2
  • Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

Operating System

  • Android 10

Hardware

  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 64GB
  • Memory Card slot: microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Triple
    • 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 8 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm
  • Video: 1080p@30fps

Multimedia

  • Radio: FM Radio
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: USB Type-C 2.0

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity

Battery

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: Fast charging 20W

Motorola Defy (2021) Price and Availability

Motorola Defy 2021 launched

The Motorola Defy can be purchased from next week across European and South American markets for the about €325/$390. Further pricing and availability details were not shared at this point.

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