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3GSM LIVE: Motorola announced the MPx PPC Phone Edition and MPx100 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 23.02.04 - 21:49:21 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8870x
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CANNES, France, 3GSM World Congress - Today, Motorola announced the debut of the Motorola MPx - a revolutionary mobile device combining always-on connectivity in a never-before-seen form factor. The Motorola MPx brings real-time assistance to mobile professionals – at work, on the road, at home and at play.

Part of the Motorola MOTOPro series of handsets featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile software, the MPx delivers a radical new approach to communications for the mobile professional. The dual-hinge device opens both lengthways as a terrific clamshell phone and in landscape mode as an exceptional email device with a wide screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The model MPx accomplishes this with a familiar, easy-to-navigate interface like the one you’re used to on your Windows office desktop.

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The Motorola MPx replaces the multi-device syndrome by ingeniously blending the best of a mobile phone, personal data assistant (PDA) and email messenger in one easy-to-use compact device. By opening the device in landscape mode, Internet browsing, streaming video and access to corporate applications are all within easy reach using the Motorola MPx.

The tri-band GSM/GRPS Motorola device is a truly essential business tool, with advanced features such as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Infrared support for effortless data exchange. The MPx also takes advantage of a 2.8 inch, 16-bit color display to provide an impressive 320 x 240 pixels. This feature allows for utilization of a large base of existing and upcoming Pocket PC and Java applications, enabling users to maximize their mobile experience.

The device is built on the MOTOPro Innovation Platform, a feature rich software and hardware platform that leverages Motorola’s design and technologies, as well as the Microsoft Windows Mobile software. The Motorola MPx boasts up to 1GB of expandable memory, an integrated 1.3 mega pixel camera with flash, and Java technology.

With the Windows Media Player, the Motorola MPx also provides users with essential entertainment options to balance out the busy workday. In a snap, executives on the road can take pictures using the MPx’s integrated camera with flash and send them home to family and friends.1 Powerful messaging capabilities and the large dual-hinge internal landscape and portrait display also make sending and receiving movie or video clips a breeze via e-mail, MMS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.1
"Mobile email is the "hero" application for mobile professionals looking to stay in touch in real time. This revolutionary compact form factor combines powerful hardware and software enablers and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software, to create a true mobile assistant – helping mobile professionals stay ahead of the curve," Tom Lynch, executive vice president and chief executive officer, Personal Communications Sector, Motorola, Inc. "The MPx expands the MOTOPro portfolio, enabling businesses and mobile professionals to leverage the power of mobility and convergence."

The Motorola MPx offers:

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile software: Making the Motorola MPx truly an extension of your desktop, this cutting-edge device supports a multitude of business applications including Microsoft Outlook e-mail and PIM, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.
  • No strings attached: The Motorola MPx tri-band GSM/GPRS device supports integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology for both data centric and voice centric communications with compatible devices, for the ultimate in hands-free connectivity.
  • Design: Boasting a truly unique and innovative form factor, the Motorola MPx is the must-have solution to help driven professionals manage their mobile lives in realtime while adding new convenience to the converged device, resulting in a user-friendly and stylish mobile.
  • Advanced camera capabilities: With an impressive 1.3 mega-pixel camera and flash embedded on the Motorola MPx, messages can be delivered with more than just words.
  • Expansive memory: To leverage the device's ability to download Microsoft Pocket PC and Java applications, games, photos and more, the model MPx comes with a SD/MMC slot supporting up to 1 GB of memory.
  • Synchronization: Built in "ActiveSync" and "Air-sync" makes the model MPx capable of synching with Microsoft Outlook for easy organization. Additionally, the device supports Infrared IRDA 115 kbps for data exchange and Consumer IR (CIR) for control of audio/video and home automation equipment on the fly.
  • Ease of use: The Motorola MPx supports a variety of input methods making it quick and effortless to transfer data, including a numeric keyboard, a thumb QWERTY board and stylus and touch sensitive screen to support smooth operations.

Pricing and Availability
The Motorola MPx is expected to be available in the second half of 2004. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please check with your local Motorola representative.

Also today, Motorola announced the debut of the Motorola MPx100 - a new mobile phone that helps busy professionals manage work and personal demands with one amazing device.

The MPx100 combines a familiar user interface and radically enhanced candy bar design. With easy-to-use email, messaging, media, and Bluetooth connectivity, the device delivers simplified communications, increased productivity and complete control in developing a personal mobile experience.

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Inbox Detox
Perfect for on-the-go connectivity, the Motorola MPx100 gives you the power to keep your Inbox "detoxed" by receiving and checking email in real-time. Leveraging Windows Mobile Outlook email and PIM synchronization, the tri-band GSM-GPRS device also provides "always-on" connectivity thru CE bus, IrDA or Bluetooth wireless technology.

The device is built on the MOTOPro Innovation Platform, a feature rich software and hardware platform that leverages Motorola design and technologies, as well as Microsoft Windows Mobile software. The Motorola MPx100 also boasts up to 512MB of expandable memory, an integrated 1.3 mega pixel camera with flash, Java technology, and a large, high-quality color screen in a small, pocket-sized package.

A Little Diversion
Complementing its strong business features, the Motorola MPx100 helps users achieve that personal life balance by providing plenty of downtime options. Get your groove on with the integrated MP3 player, or send instant messages in a snap with MSN Messenger and the model MPx100’s optional QWERTY keyboard. The model MPx100 even allows for photo album storage and features embedded Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS) capability for sending and receiving photos, wallpaper, icons and more.

"Business professionals want the best of three worlds: mobile communications, computers, and electronics," said Tom Lynch, executive vice president, Motorola, Inc., president and chief executive officer, Personal Communications Sector. "And unique devices like the MPx100 give them what they’re looking for and more. The Motorola MPx100 reflects Motorola’s commitment to producing the highest level of wireless innovation."

The Motorola MPx100 offers:

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile software: Making the model MPx100 truly an extension of your desktop, this cutting-edge device supports a multitude of business applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and more.
  • Radical Design: The model MPx100 combines an innovative candy bar form factor with a large, high quality color screen resulting in a user-friendly and stylish mobile perfect for the truly mobile executive.
  • No strings attached: The Motorola MPx100 tri-band GSM-GPRS device supports integrated Bluetooth wireless technology for both data centric and voice centric communications with compatible devices for the ultimate in hands-free connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi via an optional accessory for wireless networking.
  • Advanced camera capabilities: With an impressive 1.3 mega pixel camera and flash embedded on the Motorola MPx100 combined with MMS - messages can be delivered with more than just words.
  • Ultimate add-ons: The model MPx100 offers increased mobile personalization with numerous productivity add-ons such as expandable memory using the mini-SD slot allowing up to 512MB of data to be added on-the-fly, Bluetooth headset, QWERTY keyboard, professional Install car kit, and GPS accessory kit.
  • Synchronization: Built in ActiveSync makes the model MPx100 capable of synching with Microsoft Outlook for easy organization away from the office.
  • Enhanced browsing and downloading: The Motorola MPx100 features Pocket Internet Explorer supporting HTML, WAP 2.0 and GPRS allowing the user to surf, shop, and trade on virtually any Web site. The Java download capabilities add extra applications for this action-packed device.

Pricing and Availability
The Motorola MPx100 is expected to be available in the second half of 2004. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please check with your local Motorola representative.

However, no word so far about the expected release of the MPx220. Anyway - the two devices above already great and Motorola have to keep something in the pipe for CeBIT in Hannover, next month... ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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Comments
Posted by cheekymonkey on 24.02.04 - 00:05:27

Arne Hess: our man in Havana, or should that be Cannes. Oh well.

Great coverage of a couple of great devices. Suddenly the 220 doesn't seem as 'shiny and new' anymore. I really like the look of the 100 and might get it instead, replacing my 200 which I love.

As I've commented on over at Neowin, I really think Motorola are going to shake things up: both in terms of some real competition for HTC, and in terms of carriers clammering to get these on their networks as signature phones.

Let battle commence!

Posted by exchguy on 24.02.04 - 04:14:41

One thing that was interesting from the annoucements that have been made is that there was no mention yet of the Mpx220 which was supposed to be out 'soon'. I wonder what has happened with that device?

Posted by yzkbuf on 24.02.04 - 05:14:47

i want mpx300 badly, i want it now smile

Posted by Homdad on 24.02.04 - 06:39:06

How much internal memory on the  MPx PPCPE?  Wonder if that is an SDIO slot? Thanks Arne!

Posted by Malte on 24.02.04 - 16:12:13

Exchguy: I think they're purposly holding back the MPx220 to benefit sales of the MPx200. Neither MPx or MPx100 are "competing" with the Mpx200.

Posted by Dave on 25.02.04 - 00:28:59

I am wondering what version of PPC comes with the MPx!!  Given that the device can switch between landscape and portrait, do we have a MS Windows MAGNETO device coming to market?

Posted by McHale on 25.02.04 - 07:08:04

Tri-band?  huh?  no way. 

Since Cinguat&t only sell phones with 850 and 1900 and they are already selling quad band phones, I find it hard to believe they are only tri-band.

Arne, can you get confirmation and if it's true, find out what the US specs are?  just 1900 or both US bands plus 1800.

tanx!  Have fun...

Posted by ka_boum on 01.03.04 - 13:27:13

Does anyone have any info on battery life and weight ? Thanks...

Posted by Darren Spicknell on 29.03.04 - 22:03:24

At CTIA last week...  one of the devices I played with had OMAP 733 MHz.....  smile  Also rumour of two versions..  850/1800/1900 and 900/1800/1900

Posted by VoidFX on 18.06.04 - 20:35:37

big_smile kick ass pda + phone, I want!

Posted by Chris on 24.06.04 - 17:26:13

Will the alarm function with unit powered-off? (unlike SE P800) & will it be possible to utilise the 802.11b connection for surfing/remote access whilst talking over the GSM via a Bluetooth headset? (unlike the iPAQ 63xx) - apart from that I can only agree that it looks like the ultimate portable device, until the standards change AGAIN...

Posted by Robert on 29.06.04 - 03:11:56

Hello Arne,

Is the Motorola MPx 300 capable of opening E-mail attachments in word, excel, acrobat reader & powerpoint?  Can you also add to the device arobat reader & powerpoint for the applications?

Posted by JW LIM on 29.10.04 - 18:52:07

What is the speeds of the MPX ?
help !

Posted by flamedic on 30.11.04 - 14:36:58

Any ideal on the release date of the MPX 300 ?

Posted by biboy on 14.12.04 - 08:56:46

external memeory ?? available?? :roll: 8)

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