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SURFACED: Motorola Q 'Norman' Windows Mobile Smartphone appeared on the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 09.11.06 - 16:35:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 27350x
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Is this the rumored and long awaited Motorola Q Pro, the UMTS/3G version of today's Motorola Q? Hungarian website has published infos and photos of a so far unseen Motorola Q code named "Moto Q Norman". The Norman has a brand new black design (but still featuring the QWERTY thumb keyboard, for sure) and the keys seems to be bigger and flatter now. More shortcut keys can be found at the bottom of the keyboard, including shortcuts to media player, camera, calendar, contact list and volume control.
The back of the Smartphone revealed the Vodafone logo! Other than the keyboard changes, the Norman is expected to sport a 2 megapixel camera, mini USB connector and should get Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile for Smartphone Edition (whatever it means):

No further information, like planned release date, areas of availability, etc given yet. Also it's not clear yet, if this device will be definitely the long time awaited GSM/UMTS version of the Motorola Q or just another EV-DO version for the North American market.

UPDATE: Thanks to an anonymous tipster, I got the confirmation that this is indeed the earlier this year announced UMTS version aka Moto Q Pro (which makes sense since the device above seems to be a Vodafone device and Vodafone is maintaining GSM and 3GSM networks only). According to the information I received, the Norman supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE as well as UMTS and HSDPA (it's not yet known in which bands) and the Norman is expected to support W-LAN.
Looks like the Samsung SGH-i600 (which I've recently previewed) gets a serious competitor!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by windows mobile fan on 09.11.06 - 18:09:55

arne! when can we expect another in-depth preview from you? in best case also a comparison with the i600?
i'm planning to buy one of these new smartphone early next year and i wonder which one to pick up? the i600 or the moto q pro? both look similar, now i would like to hear the voice of an expert!

keep up the great work!

Posted by JoeB. on 09.11.06 - 18:30:13

Amazing! Seems Vodafone is taking the Windows Mobile stuff serious now! First their Asus Smartphone, after the exclusive Microsoft/Samsung cooperation and now this baby! Way to go Vodafone!!!

Posted by dmwr on 09.11.06 - 20:00:26

Damn it - I was just about to buy the 8525 from Cingular - but this is closer to what I'd actually want.


Posted by FrankS on 09.11.06 - 20:50:23

Either that beauty or the i600! Whichever comes first will be my!

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