June 6, 2008 Motorola’s yet-to-be-released iPhone competitor is the Motorola Blaze, which boasts a haptic-feedback touchscreen with a protective flip top transparent plastic cover which also allows for the unit to be used with the cover closed. The phone also sports a 2 megapixel camera, EV-DO, GPS, Bluetooth and MobileTV.

The unit will also include Visual Voicemail, which allows users to look at all their messages and who they are from and to select the message they wish to hear using the touchscreen. Although the phone is yet to be made available to the media for review the lucky folk over at Boy Genius Report have managed to get their hands on one to put through its paces. They confirm the phone, which is to be available in the US on Verizon Wireless and thus sports a custom Verizon OS, can be used with the protective flip cover closed, but only with limited functionality. They also confirm the haptic feedback is there but requires quite a bit of force.

There’s no word on a release date or price yet but the Motorola Blaze looks likely to be positioned towards the budget end of the touchscreen phone spectrum.

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