Verizon Wireless and Motorolatoday unveiled Motorola CITRUS. Powered by Android 2.1, Motorola CITRUS delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is designed specifically for those new to the whole smartphone experience.

Key features and specifications:

  • Curved design
  • Easy-to-use, on-screen QWERTY keyboard (available in landscape and portrait modes) for quick messaging
  • Full HTML Web browser — Preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience with quick access to Web apps and services such as Facebook Google services such as Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube
  • Equipped with BACKTRACK, a touch panel located on the back of the device that enables users to navigate and scroll through websites, home screens, e-mails, music and more without obstructing the display
  • Full capacitive touch screen display delivers fluid flick, swipe and pinch-to-zoom navigation
  • Seven home screen panels that can be tailored with an array of available shortcuts; applications; and pre-loaded widgets such as sticky notes, weather, messages and calendar
  • Android Market — Choose from thousands of downloadable apps, many of which are free
  • CITRUS has a housing made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is certified CarbonFree through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, and is PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink.

Pricing and availability:

Motorola CITRUS will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Q4 2010. Pricing was not immediately made available during today’s announcement.