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CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage

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The rest of the phones below have been already announced but this was my first opportunity to take live pictures and actually play with them.

Motorola MPx

The first is the Motorola MPx (or the once called MPx300). The Motorola MPx has very unique design feature - dual-hinge landscape and portrait mode. The phone was announced back in February. MPx is global roaming GSM (900/1800/1900) MHz device with 240 x 320 pixels TFT touch screen with 65k color display and built-in 1.3 mega pixel color camera. The phone runs the just announced Microsoft Mobile 2003 Second Edition operating system and has 32mb of use available memory. According to Motorola, the QWERTY keyboard design might be changed on the final production units. The phone is expected to be available 2nd half of 2004.

 

CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola MPx landscape mode
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola MPx closed
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola MPx in portrait mode
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage

Motorola MPx next to Motorola MPx200
and Mpx100

 


Motorola MPx100

MPx100 is the other new phone from the same series. Unlike the MPx which runs Microsoft Mobile 2003 Second Edition, the MPx100 utilized MS Windows for Smartphones 2003 - similar but yet different OS. It is also global roaming capable handset and supports 900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies. The display is smaller compared to the MPx - "only" 176 x 220 with 65k colors (it is not touch screen). The built-in camera is 1.3 mega pixel. Like all MS Windows devices, the phone has Windows Media Player built-in which allows it to play different multimedia files. Also the MPx100 has MS Outlook and Pocket Internet Explorer pre-installed. The device should be commercially available the 2nd half of 2004.

CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola MPx100


Motorola E680

The first Linux phone announced in the world was Motorola A760 in February 2003. It was a palm pilot size device with 65k color display, HTML browser, WAP, JAVA and built-in camera (640 x 480 resolution). It was officially introduced in Taiwan in August, 2003. Seven months later, a new Linux phone was announced again by Motorola - the E680. The company is still the only major handset manufacturer to use Linux for its devices. Linux is open-source operating system created by a large group of programmers. In the handset market, it has to compete with operating systems that have already established themselves - Symbian, Palm and Microsoft Windows (for Smartphones and Pocket PC Phone Edition). Research by IDC shows that by 2006, Symbian will have 53% market share in high-end phones, 27% will be Microsoft powered, 10% Palm powered and only 4.2% might be Linux OS. I guess Motorola hopes to change the numbers and continues with Linux phone releases.

The Motorola E680 was announced March 08, 2004 during the Miami Music Multimedia (M3) Summit. The screen size is increased from 240 x 320 to 340 x 320 pixels. A distinctive difference is that the original A760 only supported 900 / 1800 frequencies, while the Motorola E680 supports 900/1800/1900 (global roaming capable) frequencies. Additional key features include Bluetooth support, MID or MP3 polyphonic ring tones and built-in camera with movie recording, Java and Email and Web browsing capabilities.

The phone is expected to be available the 2nd half of 2004. 

CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola E680


Motorola C650

Motorola C650 was announced at the same time as the E680 and the E398. The Motorola C650 is mid-range global roaming GSM phone (900/1800/1900) with 128x128 pixel STN display. It has a VGA built-in camera with video recording capability and flash. The C650 supports also Java applications, MP3/MIDI/WAV 24-voice polyphonic ringtones and has built-in speakerphone.

CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola C650
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage

 


Motorola V80

The Motorola V80 was announced February 6th, 2004.  Based on the Motorola v600 and the successor of V70, Motorola V80 features an auto rotating front panel (by auto I mean that it has to be pushed very slightly and it swivels open). The V80 is global roaming tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz) and weights only 3.2oz. The display is bright 65k colors 176 x 220 pixels TFT. The phone also has a built-in VGA camera, email support, WAP, Bluetooth and Java. It is expected to be available Q2 of 2004.

 

 

CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
Motorola V80
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage
CTIA Wireless 2004 LIVE coverage

 

 

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