Motorola MPx Expected in Q4 (Updated)

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When Motorola officially unveiled the MPx this spring, it said this cellular-wireless Pocket PC would be available around the middle of this year. Obviously, it is well past mid-year, and the MPx has yet to hit the market. Today comes word of one of the reasons for this delay.

According to Computex, the MPx is delayed “because of system-integration problem[s] caused by its built-in wireless local area network (WLAN) system and Pocket PC Phone Edition OS.”

According to other reports, Motorola is also tinkering with this device’s keyboard.

The MPx is now expected to be available during the last few months of this year.

Now Bluetooth Certified

Update: In order for a product to carry the Bluetooth seal, it must go through an approval process. The Bluetooth Qualification Program has given the MPx its approval.

Details on the program’s web site show that this device will use Bluetooth 1.1, not the latest version of this standard. This is unfortunate, as the latest version was designed to reduce interference between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, both of which the MPx has.

More about the MPx

The MPx will use a Texas Instruments OMAP 200 MHz processor. Reportedly, all of the 64 MB of ROM on this upcoming wireless device will be devoted to holding the user’s applications and files. The operating system will be stored elsewhere. Its 32 MB of RAM will only be used to hold currently running programs, not for storage.

Motorola MPx 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, well below what many Pocket PC users are accustomed to.

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).

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.

It will have an SD slot for additional storage. This will support SDIO, allowing the MPx to use non-memory peripherals that attach via the SD slot.

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