Motorola Announces Innovative Pocket PC Phone

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Motorola has just announced the MPx — a cellular-wireless Pocket PC that combines always-on connectivity and a never-before-seen form factor.

This dual-hinge device will open both length ways as clamshell phone and in landscape mode as an email device with a wide screen and full QWERTY keyboard. It’s 2.8-inch, 16-bit color display will use the Pocket PC standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels, though this can be switched between portrait and landscape modes.

The tri-band GSM/GRPS device will also offer built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking.

The MPx will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, but it is not yet known what version of this operating system it will use. Motorola says this smart phone will be available in the second half of this year, and Windows Mobile 2004 is expected to be available around mid-year. The next version of this operating system could make this device significantly more useful, as it is supposed to include on-the-fly switching between portrait and landscape modes.

It will include a 1.3 mega-pixel camera with flash. It will also sport an SD/MMC slot and a small screen on its exterior to display the time, phone-releated information, and even control the audio player.

Despite this official announcement, not everything about this model has been revealed. Its processor and amount of RAM are not yet known, for example.

Word of this device first leaked out last week, though at that time it was thought to be called the MPx300.

The picture showing the interior portion of the MPx is from an advertisement at the 3GSM World Congress 2004 where this device was announced. It is courtesy of PPCW.NET.

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