Motorola Backpedals on Q Release

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Last week, the news broke that Motorola was promising to release its next Windows Mobile Smartphone in April.

It seems it didn’t take long for Motorola to change its mind, as the official page for this device has been changed to say, “Shipping soon.”

The Motorola Q has been delayed several times already. At one point, its developer’s CEO said it might hit the market before the end of last year, but clearly this didn’t happen.

Later, the expected release was bumped back until sometime during the first quarter of 2006, but this deadline was also missed.

Obviously, Motorola has decided to stop committing to any particular release date for this smartphone.

More About the Motorola Q

Its maker claims that the Motorola Q will be “the world’s thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone”.

It will have a tablet design, with a 320-by-240-pixel screen above a backlit keyboard.

This device will run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, and therefore will support Microsoft’s push email system.

The Motorola Q won’t just be about email, though. It will be able to play music in a variety of formats and it will sport dual speakers.

In a slightly unusual move, it will have a 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) that is in landscape mode by default.

A miniSD slot will offer additional Storage for music, as well as other types of files.

It will include a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

Motorola hasn’t given all the specifications on this device, but, according to a leaked description of this model, it will have 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash ROM.

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