New Moto Defy Phone is Built for the Rugged

The Moto Defy is waterproof and drop resistant

Motorola finally has pulled back the curtain on its newest device, the Moto Defy, an Android smartphone designed for rugged use.

Motorola unveiled the Moto Defy on Thursday, showcasing the phone's various features on its website. According to 9To5Google, the device, itself, carries the Motorola branding, but actually is produced by Bullitt Group. Both companies claim the Defy will deliver comprehensive protection against everyday frustrations, like the device falling off your car roof or dropping from your pocket. If you’re in the US, though, you’ll be disappointed to learn that, at the moment, Motorola only plans to release the Moto Defy in select European and LATAM markets.

The Moto Defy from Motorola


When it comes to specs, the Moto Defy fits nicely into the budget and mid-range category. With a price tag of €329/£279 (about $400 US), depending on the model, you’ll get a phone running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 and 4GB of RAM. The 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display is also scratch-resistant, which should help make this device more alluring for those who like to put their phone in the same pocket as their car keys.

Motorola claims the Defy can withstand up to a 1.8-meter drop (roughly five or six feet), and says the device comes with a MIL-STD-810H military-grade rating. Essentially, it’s designed to withstand a bit more than your typical Android device, made possible thanks to reinforced PCB. The Defy also comes with IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating, and Motorola has included a lanyard that can be attached to help keep you from dropping the phone.

The Moto Defy will feature a 48-megapixel camera on the back, alongside an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The new smartphone also features a fingerprint scanner built into the back of the device, as well as a programmable push-to-talk button on the side and a 5mm headset jack.

9To5Google reports that the Defy will launch with Android 10 pre-installed, putting it a step behind several other mid-range devices out there. Motorola does have plans to roll out an Android 11 update sometime shortly after launch, though.

It is unclear if Motorola will bring the Moto Defy to the US anytime in the future. For now, though, it’s available in select markets.

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