Motorola MPx Will Never Be Widely Released

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One of the most widely anticipated handhelds of last year was Motorola’s very innovative MPx.

This cellular-wireless Pocket PC’s dual-hinge design, which allowed it to be used as both a handheld and smartphone, turned heads whenever Motorola showed it off, which it did at almost every high-tech tradeshow in 2004.

However, despite all the customers who really wanted to get their hands on this device, Motorola kept delaying the release.

Finally, about nine months after the first announcement, it was released, but only in Asia.

Now DigiTimes is reporting that Motorola has canceled all production of the MPx.

In addition, Phone Scoop is reporting being told by a Motorola spokesperson that Motorola has dropped plans for a commercial launch of this device outside of Malaysia.

There are few details on why this happened. The only insight DigiTimes has to give is the fact that China is cracking down on unapproved devices using Wi-Fi, and therefore Motorola decided to not release this Wi-Fi-enabled device. However, this doesn’t explain why the MPx wasn’t released in other regions of the world.

A Successor on the Horizon

As much as this news will disappoint people who were looking forward to the MPx, Motorola is already putting together a successor.

In February, Motorola’s CEO said that his company is making a cellular-wireless handheld that will be a “super-slim version of the MPx.”

He’s been showing off a prototype of this device at tradeshows to impressed audiences.

What Is the MPx330?

The DigiTimes report contains one other interesting mention. According to it, Motorola plans to cancel its order with Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) for the MPx230.

This is the first mention of the MPx230, a Windows Mobile smartphone that apparently will replace the MPx220.

Unlike the MPx, it doesn’t seem at this point that Motorola is actually canceling the MPx230. Instead, this company has decided to stop having its products manufactured in Taiwan, and this smartphone will instead be made at Motorola’s own factories.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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