It just wouldn’t seem like autumn if product after product wasn’t being released, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Reportedly, the next smartphone to hit the market will be the Motorola MPx220.
It is expected to go on sale in both the U.S. and Europe on that date.
Best Buy Jumps the Gun
However, people in southern California can get the MPx220 right now. Best Buy put the device in its weekend sales flier in that region. It costs $500, but drops to $350 with a one-year Cingular service contract. Those who sign a two-year contract also pay $350, but qualify for a $100 mail-in rebate.
Phone Mag is reporting that, in the U.S., the MPx220 will only be available from Best Buy and Cingular.
An Overview of the MPx220
The MPx220 is among the very first devices to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones Second Edition. The major change in the smartphone version of Windows Mobile SE is support for new screen resolutions. The MPx220, however, uses the standard 176-by-220-pixel resolution. Unlike the handheld version of Windows Mobile SE, the smartphone version of this operating system does not allow the screen to be switched between portrait and landscape modes.
The MPx220 has 64 MB of Flash ROM and a mini SD card slot.
It includes a 1.2 megapixel camera with a 4x zoom and a flash.
Because it has Bluetooth 1.1, it is able to use the wireless headsets that many users want.
This smartphone is the replacement for the MPx200, which has been available since last year. The MPx200 runs Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 and lacks a camera and Bluetooth.