Motorola must be credited for churning out the first fashionable clamshell handset – the Motorola StarTAC. I remember that handset, where the battery was located in an unconventional area, and it proved to be the Ferrari of mobile phones back in the day, and there was always the satisfaction of closing the handset after a conversation, or simply flipping it open to receive an incoming call. While Motorola was in the doldrums after their huge success with the RAZR range, they managed to bounce back with the RAZR line, but enough of smartphones – Motorola has not forgotten about their featurephone roots, and their latest effort comes in the form of the Motorola Gleam+.

This clamshell handset will feature a 2.8″ LCD display at WQVGA resolution, while the external display that shows off basic status updates will comprise 144 LEDs. You will find a 2-megapixel shooter that won’t win any awards, while Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity are thrown into the mix as well. Forget about using this as a mobile Internet device, as there is no Wi-Fi option built in. The 50MB of internal memory can be expanded by up to 16GB via a microSD memory card. Expect to fork out €99 for the Motorola Gleam+ when it arrives in Europe this March in silver and winter white shades.

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