What's new on the second edition of Motorola's Milestone smartphone

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More power, 720p HD video capture and playback, more storage, and more connectivity are just a few of the major enhancements Motorola has made for the second edition of its European-bound smartphone, the Milestone 2.

The handset, which American counterparts might recognize as (a slightly different model of) the recently announced Droid 2, was unveiled on September 1.

Additional features found on the Milestone 2 include an improved and more spacious QWERTY keyboard, the latest version of Motorola's social networking solution MotoBlur, a 1GHz processor, the ability to connect up to five other WiFi devices using the handset's 3G mobile hotspot, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, a 5 MP camera with dual LED Flash, up to 40GB of memory and Android 2.2 OS.

While the device is a significant upgrade from its original Milestone/Droid counterparts and remains a desirable handset, its new specs don't put it miles out in front of the ever-growing line-up of feature-rich smartphones due to hit the market this year.

To get a closer look at the device in the flesh, check out What Mobile's first impressions here: http://www.whatmobile.net/2010/09/motorola-launches-milestone-2-in-europe/.

The Milestone 2 will hit stores in the beginning of Q4. No pricing has been announced.

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