Motorola's higher margin smartphones have better than expected Q1
Returning to the world of cellphones, the Schaumburg based company shipped 8.5 million handsets in Q1. 2.3 million of those were smartphones, a niche that Motorola had largely not been present in until Android powered models started shipping last November. Jha says that his company will launch at least 20 new smartphone models this year with shipments expected to be in the range of 12-14 million units. A previous estimate had placed the figure for the low end at 11 million which means that momentum continues to push in the company's favor. Jha says to expect more Motorola devices using the "Droid" name at Verizon. One drawback for Motorola could have occurred just the other day with the launch at Big Red of the HTC Droid Incredible. With a faster Snapdragon processor, this zippy new model has already sold out online inventory and has leapfrogged over the Motorola DROID to become the carrier's new flagship model. Some of the new Motorola Android models being worked on for the U.S. could include the same 1GHz Snapdragon chip, and also increase the size of the display to 4.3 inches from the company's largest screen which is currently 3.7 inches.