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Motorola MT917 brings 720p display, 13-megapixel camera to China Mobile

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Motorola's MT917 for China Mobile features a 4.5-inch 720p display and a 13-megapixel camera, among other impressive specifications.

Motorola MT917
Motorola MT917

We'd heard rumors that Motorola might be working on some extremely high-spec devices for the Chinese market — a place where the company has had good footing for many years — and here we go: give a warm welcome to the MT917, a phone with a 4.5-inch 720p display and a 13-megapixel camera. What's more, those impressive headline specs are all smashed into an 8.5mm Kevlar shell (not unlike the RAZR series) and protected with Corning's Gorilla Glass up front. The phone is destined for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G service, so American and European imports won't benefit from high-speed data — but it's an encouraging sign that Motorola is right in the thick of the 720p hunt kicked off by devices like HTC's Rezound and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Look for the MT917 to launch in mid-December.