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Motorola unveils four beautiful phones for 2009

Motorola... weren't you supposed to be gone by now? Apparently not if your line-up of handsets for next year is anything to go by.

Anyone that was wondering how the design team that produced the RAZR could spend so long not making something as stylish will now find out what they've been up to, and Nokia and the like should be worried.

The most obvious contender for design of the year is FLASH, which you could say takes its cues from a certain fruity handset. But still, we love the semi-flush buttons and sleek form... and there's more!

Getting a RUSH

The RUSH 2 is a bit more like standard Moto fare, with the large and rounded colourful buttons, with a full sliding QWERTY, so we imagine this one might be a little bit chunkier.

The CALGARY (at this point we're starting to hope that these are codenames) is a sharp-angled business handset, with a flush QWERTY keyboard that looks like something straight from Tron, so we assume that this will sit a little nicer in the pocket, although it might be a bit tricky to type on.

Finally, the INFERNO (they can keep that name) is a flip phone with, what appears to be, a transparent cover to a touchscreen... surely that's more of a protective shield rather than any kind of use other than making the phone a bit longer?

Anyway, these are just some leaked shots that made their way onto the Boy Genius Reports, so we don't have any info on release dates or price... but given Motorola was expected to cut back and scrap a number of upcoming phones, perhaps it's going to be a bit braver than we all thought.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.