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The Moto Defy is Motorola's new affordable rugged phone with a Snapdragon 662 and two years of support

The Moto Defy is a ruggedized form of the Moto G9 Play. (Source: Motorola)
The Moto Defy is a ruggedized form of the Moto G9 Play. (Source: Motorola)
Motorola has now debuted its newest device, the Moto Defy. The Defy is a rugged phone born from Motorola's partnership with Bullitt Group. It offers mostly mid-range specs but excels at being a rugged phone, with an IP68 rating, MIL-SPEC 810H certification, and a chassis designed to withstand harsh environments.

A few hours ago, Motorola finally uncovered its latest mid-range offering, in the form of the Motorola Defy (2021). That nameplate may appear strange, but that's just because it's the first Defy since 2012.

The Motorola Defy is a rugged device that comes as a product of Motorola's recent partnership with Bullitt Group. The phone sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display. That's a tad disappointing these days but the Motorola Defy (2021) makes no pretenses at being a premium phone. It lives up to its rugged phone tag with Gorilla Victus glass for protection, however. 

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 662, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage coming in clutch. Again, not premium, but adequate for what it is. There's a triple camera setup at the back of the phone comprised of a 48 MP main camera and two 2 MP shooters. At the front is an 8 MP selfie camera. 

Being a rugged phone, the Moto Defy (2021) sports a ruggedized plastic frame with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. Motorola claims the phone is operable within temperatures of -25°C to +55°C, and is advertised as being drop-proof from a height of up to 1.8m as long as it lands flat. The Defy also offers a military-grade MIL SPEC 810H rating.

The Motorola Defy (2021) offers a 5000 mAh battery with 20 W charging, and will be available across Europe and some South American markets with a price tag of €325/$390 starting next week. 

Moto Defy Specifications

  • Waterproof - up to 1.5m (5ft) for 35 minutes. Dual-sealed housing
  • Sand, dust and dirt, humidity and salt mist resistant - IP68 certified
  • Military standards, MIL-SPEC 810H temperature extreme survivability, vibration and tumble tests
  • Drop tested repeatedly up to 1.8m (6ft) on to steel. Structurally reinforced PCB. High quality lanyard to reduce drops
  • Real life resistant. Washable with soaps and mild disinfectants
  • Powerful 5000mAh non removable battery, 20W TurboPowerTMcharging. USB Type C.
  • Waterproof port. Up to two days battery life
  • 6.5" HD+ display protected by 0.7mm thick Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ and 0.5mm recess. Usable with wet fingers
  • Android™ 10 (with upgrade to 11)
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, Expandable Storage (microSD™)6
  • Qualcomm SD662 2GHz octa-core processor
  • 48MP f/1.8 main sensor + 2MP depth + 2MP macro, 8MP front camera
  • LTE Cat 4, VoLTE, VoWiFi
    • [bands: LATAM: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/28/66 or
    • EMEA: 1/2/3/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28/38/40/41]
    • 3G HSPA+ [bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8 or 1/2/5/8/19]
    • 2G GSM [bands: 2/3/5/8]
  • Textured, extra grip design
  • Programmable Shortcut Key with Push to Talk (PTT) mode
  • Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • 3.5mm headset jack (waterproof)
  • Dual SIM – Nano SIM + microSD™
  • 2-year warranty
  • Android Enterprise support
  • Security updates cover for 2 years
  • Zero-touch support
  • Available in forged green and black
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Ricci Rox, 2021-06-17 (Update: 2021-08- 8)