November 10, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Motorola Citrus will go on sale at Verizon tomorrow, November 11. The Citrus, first introduced at the recent CTIA conference, is an entry-level phone that will cost $49.99 when it hits the shelves in Verizon stores and authorized retailers tomorrow.
The Citrus is an Android 2.1 phone similar to other Motorola products that target new smartphone users. It features a Backtrack gesture pad on the rear of the phone, 512 MHz processor, and a 3 megapixel camera with fixed focus and digital zoom. In accordance with Verizon’s deal with Microsoft, it will also include Bing Search and Bing Maps rather than the standard Google products. Maps can be downloaded from the Android Market, but Google Search will not available unless this phone is updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo).
Environmentally conscious folks will be pleased to know that the Citrus is made of 25 percent recycled plastic material, and the packaging is made of recycled materials. You can also save the planet and some money because Verizon sells the device for $149.99 before a $100 mail-in rebate is applied.
UPDATE: We received word from Motorola that the Citrus does NOT support Motoblur, it simply uses the graphics that you commonly see on Motoblur phones. Once again, this is NOT a Motoblur device.