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MPX200 - Motorola's Microsoft smartphone

Orange to offer it first
Mon Sep 15 2003, 08:37
DETAILS OF THE MPX200 smartphone from Motorola have just emerged. The much alt='twinz' anticipated product uses the Windows Mobile OS from Microsoft (obviously Smartphone 2003 isn't a snazzy enough name) and will be offered first by Orange in Europe in October.

That's because this clamshell handset seems to support only GSM 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz (including GPRS) which makes it very hard for Vodafone to offer in all its markets.

In the USA AT&T is expected to offer this product before Q1 2004.

The device comes with 32 MB of ROM and 32 Mb of RAM although anticipating Microsoft's penchant for consuming storage space, the MPX200 can be expanded up to 1 Gigabyte.

There's all the usual facilities such as the ability to synchronise this beast with Outlook, etc. There's no mention of Bluetooth, though - instead the handset can be connected by a 'mini-USB' cable or infra-red.

This is also probably the first smartphone to incorporate dual screens so that when the clamshell is shut you can still see who is calling you. Strangely the product blurb doesn't mention a built-in camera although from the pictures it looks like there is one.

The company says it is the first of many products that it will jointly develop with Microsoft so this real is a major coup for Microsoft vs Symbian as Motorola is the No: 2 handset vendor globally. µ


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