Motorola Tao Gets Release Date, Full Specs Coming Together


tao_menu_screen_appsA super secret document made its way into the hands of Taylor and company over at AndroidAndMe which outlines the plans for Motorola’s Tao handset.  We’re being treated to some insider information that sheds light on what to expect from both Motorola and Verizon.  This phone definitely plans to deliver the goods.

Rumored to drop December 1st, the Tao is being billed as the world’s thinnest slide QWERTY phone at 13.7mm thick.  Other details include a 3.7″ touch screen with 16:9 ratio, 16GB on board storage, Flash and a little something called Android 2.0, whatever that is.


There’s mention of  a dock that transforms the phone into a beside clock, digital picture frame, or bedside clock.    From the sounds of it, the Tao will come with it in the box.   There are tons of  little goodies in the document – Too many to list out here.  If you’re into things that get Android fans excited, then might we suggest reading it for yourself?

If you’re looking for the full-on spec list, we have that for ya.  Here’s what we have so far.  You’ll note that some of it is a little conflicting.


  • OMAP3430 – 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x+ DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)
  • Dimensions 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
  • Weight 169 g
  • Battery Li-ion 1400 mAh.
  • Standby 450 hours, talk time 420 minutes
  • 3.7-inch touch-sensitive display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, 16 million color depth. Physical screen size is 45.72 mm by 81.34 mm.
  • 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM
  • microSD / microSDHC expansion slot
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel with autofocus and video recorder
  • Connectivity: USB2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi
  • Operating System: Android 2.0 (with Eclair, no Motoblur)
  • Package Contents: Phone Motorola Sholes, battery, charger, USB cable, 8GB MicroSD memory card and other literature
The list we were passed does not indicate the dock, nor does it match up in terms of on board storage.  Also noteworthy is that this is not going to have MOTOBLUR, the new interface developed by Motorola.  This matches up with the pictures we’ve seen so far.

Hang on folks, this is about to get really fun!


  1. "…this is about to get really fun!"

    Well, maybe. I don't believe every leak I see, and I dont' think everybody should. Look at the history of Verizon and Motorola:

    How often does Verizon carry an industry leading phone?

    How often does Motorola build a phone that people enjoy using?

    You are not doing your readers a favor by hyping leaks and rumors. You are doing Verizon's job for them.

  2. Shame it's not coming to T-MO – they'll miss out on all the people who bought G1's for at least another year. By then, it won't be the hottest thing on the block anymore.

  3. Well, this year there were 2 rumored updates (one minor, and one major one by Q4). Since Donut turned out to be 1.6, then it's safe to assume that 2.0 will come with Eclair.

  4. I agree with Chuksy. Slim is great, but that also means a slim/small battery. It's a shame that battery technology is not progressing as rapidly as the devices they power.