After first announcing the Q last year, Motorola has repeatedly pushed back the release of this Windows Mobile Smartphone. It has even reached the point where some are questioning whether it will ever be introduced at all.
Brighthand‘s Brian Beeler met with representatives of this company, who assured him that the Motorola Q will indeed be released, and in the near future, too.
They wouldn’t give a specific date, but said the debut would be weeks, not months, from now.
Motorola has said this smartphone will be offered at first by only a single CDMA carrier, and rumors indicate this will be Verizon Wireless.
Why the Delay?
Motorola regards this smartphone as a very important device, and wants to be sure the Q is just right before it hits the market.
That’s why it has gone through six material hardware revisions in the past months, which is one of the major causes for repeatedly pushing back the release date.
Beeler wasn’t told specifically everything that had changed, but he did see that some of the complaints about early prototypes — like poor keyboard backlighting — had been fixed.
Smartphone Not Pocket PC
The Q will run the Smartphone version of Windows Mobile 5.0, not the Pocket PC one. Motorola’s representatives told Beeler that their company prefers this version because it puts a greater emphasis on voice communications. This company will be introducing other devices using it.
Among these will be GSM and UMTS versions of the Q, as well as future smartphones along the same general lines.
More About the Motorola Q
Its maker 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.
This device will run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, and therefore will support Microsoft’s push email system.
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.
In a slightly unusual move, it will have a 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) that is in landscape mode by default.
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 hasn’t given 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.