Motorola has launched its Milestone smartphone (Droid in the US market) in the Taiwan market in cooperation with 3G service provider Taiwan Mobile. The model is the first Android 2.0-based smartphone available in the local market.
The penetration rate of smartphone and touch-enabled models in the Taiwan handset market had climbed to 25% as of December 2009 from below 10% earlier in the year, indicating that consumers are getting good experience with the use of mobile Internet, multimedia and application stores through smartphones, asserted Ritchie Ma, general manager of mobile devices business, Motorola Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In line with the growing trend, Motorola plans to launch more than 20 Android-powered smartphones in 2010, including some more competitive models in the second half of the year, Ma said.
The Milestone, which is equipped with a 3.7-inch 16:9 widescreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a built-in 5-megapixel camera, carries a suggested retail price of NT$19,800 (US$617.6).