Next-Generation Motorola Q Nearing Release

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Motorola’s Mobile Experience was held today, and the company took the opportunity to say that two of its Windows Mobile smartphones it had previously announced will be on the market soon.

Jeremy Dale, VP of marketing demonstrated the Motorola Q 9, a re-designed 3G follow-up to the Motorola Q which debuted last year.

He also discussed the Motorola Q 8, a GSM version of the current model.

Motorola Q 9
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Both these upcoming models will run Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard.

Motorola Q 9 Overview

The Q 9 will be the first in this series with support for the 3G cellular-wireless networking standard HSDPA/UMTS.

The design of this upcoming device will be a noticeably changed from the current one. The keyboard will be curved, for example, and significantly larger. The oval D-pad will also be changed to a circle.

It won’t have Wi-Fi but it will offer Bluetooth with stereo headphone support.

This smartphone will also include a 2.0 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and 256 MB of built-in memory.

Motorola says the Q 9 will be available in Italy this week, and is expected to launch in other parts of the world over the coming months.

Motorola Q 8

The only version of the original Motorola Q runs on CDMA networks. The Motorola Q 8 will essentially be a GSM version of this device, with support for the 2.5G networking standard EDGE.

Physically, this upcoming model will be essentially identical to its predecessor.

Motorola has not yet given any exact information on when the Q 8 will be released.

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