Motorola Gives New Information on MPx

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Without a doubt, the biggest news from the 3GSM World Congress last month was the Motorola MPx, an upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC in a never-before-seen form factor.

Though Motorola announced this model a few weeks ago, it didn’t release all the details about it. The company just gave some more information on this handheld at the CeBIT tradeshow, though some facts still remain unknown even now.

It’s going to be 3.9 inches long, 2.4 inches wide, and .95 inches thick (99.7 x 61.2 x 24 mm). It will weigh 6.15 ounces (174 g).

With its dual hinges, the MPx will take advantage of the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition’s ability to switch on the fly between portrait and landscape modes, but its display will be at the standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. The MPx’s screen is going to be 2.8 inches, which well below what many Pocket PC users are accustomed to.

As well as both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the MPx will be able to connect to GSM/GPRS wireless networks for voice and data. It will support 900/1800/1900 MHz, which is bad news for Americans, many of whom depend on 850 MHz for good connections.

According to Motorola, this cellular-wireless device’s battery is good for either 180 minutes of talk time or 140 hours of stand-by time.

In Europe, it will cost 749 euros, which converts to about $930 U.S. Of course, this is the cost before any subsidy from a wireless carrier.

Despite this second announcement, the MPx’s processor and amount of RAM are not yet known.

Motorola is expected to release this device sometime around the middle of this year.

Thanks to MTekk for the tip.

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