Going International at CES: Getting to Know the Motorola XT928

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Here's a reason to be jealous of other countries: They get some impressive phones. Case in point is the Motorola XT928, an Android smartphone that launched in December on China Telecom.

The XT928 is Motorola's high-end offering for the Chinese carrier, and it looks somewhat like a slimmer version of the Droid Bionic. I wasn't able to get a good sense of how the phone felt in hand (it was tethered down to the booth countertop), but I did manage to learn more about the phone's hardware and features.

The XT928 has a 4.5-inch 1280-by-720-resolution IPS display and is powered by dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Most of the Motorola phones we have seen so far have had qHD (960-by-540) displays, which aren't nearly as sharp as the one on the XT928, which has the same screen resolution as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The phone is only 3G, but it has dual SIM card slots so that users can quickly jump from one network to another. Dual SIMs are handy for traveling abroad, and can be useful if one of the carriers has cheaper roaming rates than the other.

The phone runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but I wasn't given an answer as to whether it would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich along with Motorola's other recently announced phones.

I tried to find an app on the phone that I could use to test its performance, but sadly everything was in Chinese (a language I am not fluent in), so I had trouble navigating around the OS. I did manage to get a few apps running, though, and I had no trouble bouncing from one app to another. There was no SIM card in the XT928, so I wasn't able to check out how it handled loading webpages.

One thing I was able to test out was the XT928's 13-megapixel camera. The camera software was identical to what you'd find on other Motorola phones like the Droid RAZR, but the pictures I took with the camera looked great. Even in the darkened booth, the photos had almost no graininess to them and I didn't see any grayish cast like I did with photos I took with the Droid 4.

There are currently no plans to bring it to the U.S., but hopefully Motorola will include some of the XT928's features in future phones released here.

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