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Motorola Milestone XT720

Motorola’s Milestone XT720, the 3.7-inch keyboard-free sequel to the European Motorola Milestone, is set to hit the UK on Monday July 19th according to retailer Clove.  The Android 2.1 smartphone packs an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a Xenon flash, together with 720p HD video recording and a mini-HDMI port for hooking up your nearest HDTV…..

We aren’t quite sure what kind of deal Cincinnati Bell has going on, but darn if this regional carrier doesn’t score some fairly fantastic handsets. Also known for landing Nokia’s white E71 and its XpressMusic 5800 first in the US, the operator is now the first American home to Motorola’s Milestone XT720.

As we’d heard most recently, the smartphone packs a 720MHz TI OMAP3440 processor, 3.7-inch FWVGA touchpanel (854 x 480), Android 2.1, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an inbuilt accelerometer, USB 2.0 connectivity, proximity sensor, 8 megapixel camera (with Xenon flash) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone comes loaded with Android 2.1. The 8 megapixel camera supports features like Smart Image Capture, includes easy panorama, face detection, multi-shot (six shots in a row), face filter, red eye reduction and camera shake prevention. It also comes with an HDMI cable (in the box) that allows HD video captured on the phone to be viewed directly on an HD TV. The phone comes with an 8GB microSD card and supports cards of upto 32GB display.

Performance specs include 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and a TI OMAP 3430 processor clocked at 720MHz (We hear these run quite nicely even without being clocked to 1GHz – it’s based on the same architect found in the original Motorola Droid, for comparison’s sake.)

It’s yours for the taking provided that you reside in southeastern Indiana, southwestern Ohio or northwestern Kentucky, that is but the $199.99 on contract ($449.99 sans strings) price tag might just push towards more fully featured alternatives. Tough call, we know.

Cincinnati Bell’s been making great progress on building their compelling Android lineup, and the Milestone XT720 sits alongside their other offerings to cap off a package that’ll undoubtedly turn a few heads. If you were holding off on their other Android handsets (the Blaze and the Behold II) to wait for a high-end offering, then you might want to keep your eyes peeled this Friday as we expect the XT720 to make its marvelous debut then.

Resources :techtree.com,phandroid.com,slashgear.com,engadget.com

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