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CANARD: This isn't the second Microsoft Smartphone from Motorola
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 21.08.03 - 12:31:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 6515x
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DigiTimes Taiwan is reporting about a mysterious cell phone from Chi Mei Communication Systems (who is also rumored to manufacture Motorola's first Microsoft Smartphone) which is also rumored now to become the Motorola's second Windows powered Smartphone:

Many people have speculated that one of Motorola's two secret weapons will be a Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone made by Taiwan’s Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS). The CMCS "Beethoven" smartphone was approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month. It is a camera-less, antenna-less clamshell design based on an OMAP reference design from Texas Instruments (TI).
Further speculation that CMCS will launch a second smartphone was also confirmed by recent FCC approval of its tri-band GPRS "Chopin" model. Not much is known about this model other than it is a clamshell-type device with a built-in digital camera.

You can't see too much details on the photo above (source DigiTimes Publications/FCC) nor I haven't found it on the FCC server but the keyboard layout is always a good indicator if a device might be a Microsoft Smartphone or not. And if I take the navigation key layout it's not a Microsoft Smartphone. In the upper row you see two buttons which seems to be two menu keys, followed by a 5 way navigation pad. Below that pad you see the the two call start/end keys but the device seems not to have a "Home" nor a "Back" button which is required according to the Smartphone specifications I know.
So I wouldn't bet that the device above is a Microsoft Smartphone 200x but anything else, maybe a smartphone but not a Windows powered one.

Cheers ~ Arne

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