Will Moto Cliq Sell as Well as Palm Pre?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 15, 2009

In a research note released today, Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry reports that Motorola is prepping to produce 25,000 to 30,000 units of its new Cliq handset per week. The smartphone is destined for T-Mobile USA.

If these production runs prove to be true, that means that Motorola expects the Cliq to sell as well as Palm Pre, which became available from Sprint Nextel in June of 2009. In the first weeks of availability, customers were pouring into Sprint’s stores to get the Pre, and there were shortages. And analysts estimated that Palm produced about 25,000 units per week.

Is it realistic for Motorola to expect the Cliq to do as well as the Pre? Perhaps. T-Mobile has done a good job marketing other devices, such as the T-Mobile G1 from HTC. Since Motorola has staked its whole future on the Cliq and follow-up phones, the handset maker is likely to rev up the buzz about the device as well.

But T-Mobile is a smaller carrier than Sprint, with fewer customers. And that might limit the Cliq’s sales.

Reader Comments

Michael Dunigan

October 15, 2009 1:59 PM

Isn't the Cliq going to Tmobile... not Verizon?

bill

October 15, 2009 3:43 PM

yeah, cliq is going to t-mo. the vzw android handset from moto hasn't been announced yet.

nice job on the story tho!

businessview

October 15, 2009 5:39 PM

From the various YouTube demonstrations, there doesn't seem to be anything truly innovative on the Motorola Cliq. Combining social network websites info seems to be the only focus. What happened to the web browser so we can see how fast and how well it renders pages?

Nice hardware components but I don't think many will appeal to the Cliq on the surface compared to the Palm Pre.

The design looks too flat and out of style on the Cliq. There's no pinch-in/out multi-touch screen ability and the Palm Pre's webOS multitasking feature is still better.

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