Motorola DEFY Mini comes to Australia via Optus – $199 prepaid + $30 credit

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Motorola’s DEFY Mini phone is heading to Australia via Optus. And like I said when it was announced back at CES, it’ll most likely (and is going to be offered as) a pre-paid phone when it comes to Australia. And like the DEFY – it’s dust-proof, water-resistant, scratch-resistant and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, making the screen crack-proof.

The phone features a 3.2-inch display, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, GPS navigation and will have expandable memory via an SD card slot. The phone will also feature “MotoSwitch”, which apparently learns the songs you love, who you talk to the most and which apps you most use, and collate all of it on the home screen.

Because it is a pre-paid phone, it won’t run Ice Cream Sandwich – instead, it will run Gingerbread (2.3.6).

It will be on Optus’ network, and is on sale now from Dick Smith and Optus for $199 on prepaid and includes $30 of credit. Other retail outlets, such as K-Mart and Target, will sell the phone from next Monday (May 21).

Gallery and press release below.

Motorola Mobility Brings Style and Strength to Australia with the Motorola DEFY™ MINI

The smartphone that can take whatever your adventurous lifestyle throws at it, for a price you can’t beat.

SYDNEY, Australia –18 May, 2012 – Say hello to the smartphone that defies expectations. Dust-proof, water-resistant, scratch-resistant and featuring a powerful 1650mAh battery, the new, life proof Motorola DEFY™ MINI sets you up for social survival wherever you decide to go, making sure you stay connected for longer.

The phone’s crystal-clear, 3.2-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchscreen display is great for email, texting and browsing the Web. It’s cool, compact design and long battery life means that only you decide when the fun stops.

Snap photos of your various exploits with the Motorola DEFY MINI’s 3-megapixel camera, or take advantage of the front-facing VGA camera to connect with friends while you’re on the train, bus or just relaxing at home. Featuring an intuitive interface with social and activity widgets, the DEFY MINI also allows you to instantly share all the fun you’re having with your friends.

Plus, if you’re on the move, the Motorola DEFY MINI’s GPS navigation will always keep you pointed in the right direction and make sure you get where you’re going.

Motorola DEFY MINI is the first device to launch in Australia with MotoSwitch, a handy user interface which learns the songs you love, who you talk to most and which apps you get the most mileage from. It then cleverly collects all your preferences and keeps them front-and-center, which means you’ll be so organised you’ll have loads of extra time on your hands.

But don’t worry… your boredom won’t last long. Since Motorola DEFY MINI is an Android™- powered smartphone, you’ll have immediate access to thousands of games, apps, music, books and movies available on Google Play ™.

“Motorola DEFY MINI is just the right mix of style, value, performance and toughness.” said Timo Brouwer, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility, ANZPI. “It can stand up to whatever your busy life throws at it, keep you connected and organised and capture and share your once-in-a-lifetime adventures – all with resilience and style.”

Gavin Williams, Head of Segment Marketing, Optus said, “Smartphones are becoming increasingly significant for Australians and our customers are expecting their devices to withstand more and more. As such, we’re excited to offer a great solution in the Motorola DEFY MINI, which wraps the latest tech innovations in a tough and robust package.”

Price and Availabily

Motorola DEFY MINI is available on Optus pre-paid $199 RRP which includes $30 of credit and a sim.

DEFY MINI will be available today from Dick Smith and from Optus retailers,as well as mass market chains like Kmart and Target from Monday 21st May.

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