Motorola to Release First Smartphone in the US – MPx200, Also Announce Plans to Make Pocket PC Devices

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Today Motorola has announced their MPx200, based on the Microsoft Smartphone 2002 operating system. This is the first MS-based Smartphone to be released in the US and the first created by a mainstream cell phone company. Further, Motorola may be bringing Pocket PC’s to market in the future as well.

Current known specs:

Operating System: Smartphone 2002
Processor: 200MHz Intel XScale processor
Wireless: tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900)
Memory: 32MB RAM 32MB ROM
Expansion Slot: One Secure Digital/MMC (not SDIO)
Display: Internal, TFT 65k colors. External, monochrome.
Digital Camera: No
Other Hardware: USB charger, cradle, 16MB SD card, stereo headphones

While this effort brings a lot to the table, the fact that the SD slot is not I/O and the lack of Bluetooth will be a problem. I’m not sure I see much demand for this type of device, but I am happy to see it released in the US nevertheless. This is a big move for Motorola, who recently unloaded its 19% stake in Symbian. This deal doesn’t tie Motorola to Microsoft though, as they do have a few Linux based models also in the works.

An official price and release date have not been determined, but AT&T will initially carry the unit in the US, with Orange taking the European contract. Motorola also alluded to future devices running on Microsoft platforms, it remains to be seen whether or not they will venture into other connected devices running Windows Mobile 2003.

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