Microsoft’s Smart Phone OS Finally Coming to the U.S.

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Motorola has taken the wraps off the MPx200, a handset that runs Microsoft’s operating system for smart phones. This device will be released in the United States in the next few months, which will make it the first handset widely available in this country with this operating system.

Motorola MPx200 The MPx200 will use a clamshell design, with the keypad and buttons on one side and the screen on the other. Its 16-bit color screen will be the Smartphone standard of 176 by 220 pixels. This is not a touchscreen; a cursor is controlled with a D-pad on the bottom half of the device.

This handset will run Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002, which should not be confused with the Pocket PC Phone Edition, which has been designed for handhelds that are similar to typical Pocket PC models except with wireless capabilities. Smartphone 2002 is for mobile phones with extra wireless features, like email and Internet access. Still, there is some overlap in their capabilities, like the ability to access email and the Web, make phone calls, play games, and run other types of applications. However, software written for one operating system can’t automatically be used by the other, though applications can potentially be ported from one to the other.

The MPx200 will have a 200MHz processor, probably made by Motorola itself. It will also include 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. In addition, 10 MB of the ROM is available to the users for additional storage.

Motorola MPx200 It will have an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO, meaning it will be able to use accessories that plug into the SD slot besides just memory cards. It will also have a mini USB connection, and an IrDA port. Unlike many recent smart phones, it won’t include a built-in camera.

The MPx200 is relatively small at 3.5 inches tall, 1.9 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick (89 x 48 x 27 mm). It weighs 4.0 ounces (113g).

This is a GSM/GPRS device and operates on 1800/1900 MHz. As a smart phone, it supports both voice and data.

The Motorola MPx200 is expected to be available from AT&T Wireless in the fourth quarter of this year. Though earlier devices running Smartphone 2002 have been available in the U.S. from a few web stores, the MPx200 will be the first device with this OS that will be widely available and supported in the United States. This handset is also expected to be available next month from Orange in Europe and from other distributors throughout Europe and Hong Kong.

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