Motorola Pro smartphone heads to Europe

If you happen to be in the market for a BlackBerry substitute, ideally with an Android operating system, we have some good news for you. The Motorola Pro is heading to Europe.

By that, we mean it's already doing the rounds in the US, under the slightly longer name of the Motorola Droid Pro. Indeed, the Euro-bound version doesn't vary too much from the US model. So if you looked longingly over the Atlantic at that, you'll be over the moon this morning.

But for the uninitiated, let's break it down properly. The Motorola Pro has something of a distinctive shape, a long handset that accommodates the hard QWERTY keypad and a 3.1-inch HGVA touchscreen display. There's also a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, Android 2.2 for the operating system (which means Flash on-board too) and 2GB of internal storage, supplemented an SD card slot for more. A 1GHz processor keeps things ticking along fairly swiftly too.

We did say BlackBerry substitute and that's not just because of the QWERTY keypad. The Pro has a batch of features that have one eye on the business community, including QuickOffice pre-loaded, extensive email account support (including corporate set-ups), AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wiping of the device and SD card (if one is present), complex password support plus encryption for both your phone and memory card. All of which should impress your resident IT bod.

Price? Date? No information is available as yet. When the networks and retailers give it out, we'll pass it on.

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