The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Motorola permission to release the MPx in the U.S.
As Motorola made an official announcement of this device earlier this year, the files included in the FCC filing give little new information.
However, this should be welcome news to those who are interested in getting this cellular-wireless handheld, as it is a sign that the release is moving closer.
The MPx was first announced this spring, and was originally expected to hit the market this summer. At this point, all that is known is it might be available in North America and Europe in the first quarter of 2005.
Read the Manual
Although the manual doesn’t give a breakdown of the specifications of this model, it does include several diagrams that show the layout of this device’s very unusual keyboard (see images at left and right), which has been designed to be used in both portrait and landscape orientations.
A few months ago, there was a rumor that one of the reasons the MPx was delayed was its designers were still tinkering with its keyboard design. If this was the case, the documents filed with the FCC don’t indicate it, as the keyboard in these diagrams appears identical to the one used on MPx prototypes Motorola demonstrated this spring.
All the information on the MPx filed with the FCC can be found on this government agency’s web site.
An Overview of the 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.
The MPx will use a Texas Instruments OMAP 200 MHz processor.
In a very controversial decision, it will have just 32 MB of RAM. Reportedly, it will have just over 4 MB of RAM for Storage and a bit over 8 MB of RAM dedicated to running programs. In addition, it has almost 60 MB of Flash ROM available for storage.
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.
Update: Despite what was written earlier, this handheld will support 850 MHz, which is good news for Americans, many of whom depend on 850 MHz for reliable cellular-wireless connections. It will also support 1900 MHz.
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.
Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip.