Specifications of Motorola’s long-awaited Android-based smartphones have reportedly been leaked online this week, with the ‘Morrison’ (pictured, right) and ‘Sholes’ (pictured, below left) codenamed-devices allegedly heading for T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, respectively. Android community website Android and Me claims to have details on both smartphones, although the accuracy of the released specifications has not been verified. According to the site, the mid-range priced Morrison will debut on T-Mobile USA’s network on 21 October and will sport a 528MHz processor and 256 of RAM, putting it in the upper end of handset specifications. The handset also includes a 5-megapixel camera, and 320×40 HVGA screen. If the specifications are correct, the handset will support WCDMA connectivity but not HSPA. While T-Mobile already offers the HTC G1 and MyTouch Android phones, Sholes would be the first Android phone for Verizon. Sholes is said to feature a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854×480 and is said to have GPS, a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and video recording, 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM. According to PC World, the launch date is likely to be November and the price is expected to be US$199 with a Verizon service contract. Android and Me further speculates that – although CDMA operator Verizon will get first hands on the Sholes phone – a WCDMA version is in the works and could appear later on AT&T or T-Mobile.
Motorola’s launch of Android handsets is considered key to the company’s future success following a serious decline in its handset fortunes. It recently said it is on track to launch two Android-based phones in time for the holiday season (and has admitted to having scored deals with two major US mobile operators) and plans to release more in the first quarter of 2010. Speaking on the company’s 2Q09 earnings call last month, co-CEO Sanjay Jha claimed the new devices “will get us back in the game in smartphones.”