Motorola’s new MOTO Q9m features an ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth capability, and a side-scroll thumbwheel with dedicated keys. The smartphone runs Verizon’s V Cast 3G toggle EV_DO for over-the-air music downloads and Windows Mobile 6 for voice-activated dialing. It also has a 1.3 mp cam with flash Dual and a slot for up to a 4GM micro SD cards for pictures, music, and video storage. The MOTO runs up to ~212 hours standby time and talk time up to ~273 minutes. Find one at Verizon for $249.99 after an $100.00 online discount with a 2 year contract, with an additional $50.00 mail-in rebate.
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Motorola has unveiled two new cell phones in Taiwan. Their L72 SLVR features the same 11.5 mm thinness as its L7 forefather, and now also has a 2 mp cam with zoom and auto-focus, HSDPA, an FM tuner, a micro SD card slot, and CrystalTalk for improved tonal quality. The Maxx V1110 (shown here) updates the Vodaphone V1100 and works on mostly the same technology as the L7 but has a 1.3 megapixel camera. Contact Motorola for future availability and price.
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Motorola has recently unveiled its analog GP628 Plus walkie talkie in Korea with an IP67 (International Protection) rating, so that next time you are hanging around a war, you will not have to fear being told to stop using it. Both waterproof and dustproof, it also features a push-to-talk feature, an LED in case its battery is dying, and an emergency siren. Contact Motorola for price details. We’re wondering just how important this rating is considering some of our soldiers in the Middle East are wearing homemade body armor and using Silly String for bomb detection.
With disappointing 4th quarter profits and it’s RAZR phone starting to look “old-school”, Motorola has upped the ante with a unique design concept for its new MOTORIZR Z8 phone. Introduced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, one of the largest wireless technology trade shows, the RIZR slides up to reveal a keyboard, but also has a hinge that locks the phone into a V-shape, bringing the microphone closer to the user. As if that weren’t cool enough, the RIZR utilizes Symbian software, boasts TV-like video playback, and has a slot for a 4GB memory card. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’re betting the RIZR lives up to its name and raises Motorola’s profits when released in April.
Motorola today confirmed the Q PRO, their enterprise offering of the Motorola Q. (Though we really wish they would’ve just called it the Q2.) Essentially the same phone, it comes with the ability to disable the camera, (a disturbing feature for all those corporate espionage types) a basic Office suite of apps, (think Word editors, and PDF, Excel and Powerpoint viewers) and enhanced security options that include intrusion detection and real-time event logging. No price, but it’s supposed to be available now, likely only to enterprise customers at the moment. We’d expect a small mark up from the basic Q model, but hopefully nothing too substantial.
This is an entry from our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be updating it daily through the holidays, so be sure to check it often for some great gadget gift tips!
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If you are looking for a full-fledged smartphone that lacks bulk, look the way of the Motorola Q. The Q packs in Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapoxel camera, and a QWERTY keyboard into a freaking thin 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.5-inch handset. The Motorola Q weighs just 4.1 ounces, so carrying this phone around is very comfy. The Q also sports a scroll wheel on the side, reminding us of the BlackBerry mainstay, and it works nicely on the Windows Mobile 5 OS. The screen is a 2.4-inch 320x240 display, but we wish the font size could be bumped down a few notches to fit more text without having to scroll. The Q can also do multimedia, which can be access on Verizon’s EV-DO network, or locally by packing your content onto a miniSD card.
You can watch our full Motorola Q video review for more information.
Price: $300 with two-year contract
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We just got our hands on the new Motorola KRZR, and went to work immediately to get an unboxing gallery up for those of you who swing that way. Head on over and check out the KRZR Unboxing Gallery to see 17 great images of the device, and feel free to leave comments on any of those pictures. Anyone else pick one of these up yet? Any impressions?
Interestingly enough, we unboxed the Motorola KRZR phone without a box. Weird, we know, however the phone arrived from Motorola in a FedEx shipping back. Loose. Accessories were sealed, and the KRZR phone itself was in a neat little pouch - but there was no box to be seen. We figured we wouldn’t let that stop us from sharing the KRZR image love, so click on to head over to our MotoKRZR unboxing gallery.
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The Gear Live report on a possible Freescale buyout has just been confirmed. Freescale Semiconductor Inc., designer and manufacturer of embedded processors and peripherals, will be purchased by a consortium of private investment groups led by The Blackstone Group, and including The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. At a $17.6 Million bottom line, this merger more than triples the value of the AMD-ATI merger that has been such huge corporate news thus far this year. The terms of the merger are a purchase price of $40 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 36% over Freescale’s average closing share price during the 30 trading days through September 8th, 2006.
Much like the AMD-ATI merger, the merger was approved unanimously by the board of directors, but still awaits shareholder and U.S. antitrust approvals. Freescale also has the option to shop around for a better offer from another party, but I’m guessing a 36% margin is going to be hard to beat.
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