Motorola MILESTONE Goes Official in Europe

With multi-touch pinch, no turn-by-turn navigation from Google

It was only this morning that we learned the Motorola DROID might arrive in Europe as the Motorola MILESTONE, and now it is already official. The high-end Android 2.0-based handset will become available on the old continent under that name, and will sport about the same features and specs as the model that will reach Verizon Wireless' airwaves on Friday, except for a few minor changes.

The Motorola MILESTONE will hit Europe with quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz connectivity options, while also sporting multi-touch pinch and zoom gesture support, something that the DROID won't feature. On the downside, the handset won't come to the market with the free turn-by-turn navigation from Google, something that only United States users will enjoy for the time being (a trial version of MOTONAV turn-by-turn navigation will replace it).

Other than that, the specifications seem to be the same as for the Motorola DROID, including a 3.7-inch touchscreen display that boasts a 480 x 854 pixel (WVGA) resolution, and a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 5-megapixel photo snapper, built-in GPS receiver, Wi-Fi connectivity, accelerometer, a 1400 mAh battery and the Android 2.0 (Eclair) operating system.

The handset has been reported to come to O2 Germany in this form, yet it seems that Italy will also receive it in the near future. There are no exact details on when the phone will reach these markets, or on when it might arrive on other markets in Europe. As for its price tag, the info is also missing, yet rumors have it that O2 will price the Motorola MILESTONE at EUR 404.20.

The rest of the specifications Motorola MILESTONE bears are the same as those included in DROID, and can be accessed on Motorola's European website here. As many of you might already know, Verizon has high hopes for its DROID and Motorola is certainly betting on both the US and European versions of the device, for they might help it regain some of the market share it has been losing lately.

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