Motorola Unveils Thin, Light Smartphone with Keyboard

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Motorola has announced a smartphone that is clearly intended to take sales away from the Treo and BlackBerry.

The company claims that the Motorola Q will be “the world’s thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone”.

It will have a tablet design, with a 320-by-240-pixel screen above a backlit keyboard.

Emphasis on Email

With its built-in keyboard, the Motorola Q will allow users to exchange email much more easily than is possible with most other Windows Mobile smartphones.

Motorola Q This will be one of the first devices to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, and therefore will support the push email system Microsoft will release later this year.

More Specs

The Motorola Q won’t just be about email, though. It will be able to play music in a variety of formats and it will sport dual speakers.

A miniSD slot will offer additional Storage for music, as well as other types of files.

It will include a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

Motorola didn’t give all the specifications on this device, but according to a leaked description of this model, it will have 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash ROM. This document also stated that this will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS smartphone with EDGE support.

The Motorola Q is expected to debut during the first quarter of next year. Pricing will be set by the wireless carriers who offer it.

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