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Motorola unveils Z10 smartphone plus E8 ROKR music phone

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Motorola has added another stylish kick-slider phone to its line-up with the unveiling at the CES 2008 show in Las Vegas of its MOTO Z10, a 3G HSDPA-enabled smartphone successor to its novel Z8 "banana" sliderphone.

Motorola has also debuted the latest addition to its music phone range, the ROKR E8, a 2GB-packing touch-operated mobile that introduces a variable speed scroll wheel navigation system to a Motorola handset for the first time.

Based on the Symbian UIQ smartphone platform, the Z10 features an enhanced set of multimedia features, including a 3.2-megapixel camera, video capture at 30 frames per second, and upgraded in-phone video editing facilities.

Motorola is pitching the Z10 as a mobile for creating and uploading video content to websites and blogs, with software to mix clips together, add music, transitions and titles. The phone has fast options to upload directly to popular online sites including uch as YouTube Google, Yahoo! and ShoZu.

The Z10 is also geared up for enjoying content, with the same large 2.2-inch, 16 million colour QVGA display as the Z8, plus similar high quality music and video playback functionality.

Memory capability has been boosted too, with support for MicroSD cards up 32GB (when they become available) rather than the 4GB maximum for the Z8. Like the Z8, the Z10 features 3G HSDPA for downloading content, streaming and web surfing at speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Motorola is aiming to release the Z10 in the first quarter of this year.

Motorola’s ROKR E8 music mobile introduces some Motorola firsts too. The candybar style slimline phone has a flat surfaced front panel that uses what Motorola calls ModeShift technology to display only the controls necessary when the phone is switched between music, phone and camera functionality at the touch of one button.

Controls are lit up on the front panel, and users get haptic (vibrating) feedback when a virtual key is pressed.

In addition, Motorola has introduced an iPod-alike navigation wheel system, FastScroll, that enables users to whizz through track lists, contacts and the phone’s image library usiing the thumbwheel under the display.

Music is of course a key feature of ehe ROKR range; the onboard music player supports multiple file formats, has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and as well as 2GB of internal storage , it supports MicroSD cards up to 4GB capacity. There’s also a 2-megapixixel camera built in, and an FM radio is built in.
The quad-band GPRS/EDGE ROKR E8 is also due to go on sale some time in the first quarter of 2008.

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