Are you sitting down? Motorola has been working on another RAZR cellphone, this one bound for Sprint.
The RAZR VE20 will be coming on August 17th and its features will include:
- Dual band CDMA voice
- EVDO and 3G data support
- 320 x 240 LCD display
- 2 megapixel camera able to capture video
- Bluetooth support
- microSD slot (up to 8GB)
- NFL Mobile Live application for listening to audio feeds fro NFL games and watching NFL Network broadcasts
Another RAZR. Be still my heart.
Another leaked handset has made its way out of Motorola, this time the ‘Atila’.
While similar to the previously leaked Alexander, the Atila won’t feature a QWERTY keyboard and will instead use a touchscreen.
Features of the Atila are expected to include:
- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850MHz/1900MHz/2100MHz)
- 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 1.8Mbps HSUPA
- 1130mAh battery
- 2.8″ QVGA 240 x 320 screen
- Wi-Fi b/g
- Qualcomm 7201A chipset
No word on when it might be hitting stores…could be a few months still.
Motorola has been hard at work on their next big cellphone code named “Alexander” and courtesy of BGR the first leaked shot of it is out.
Features of the Alexander will include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- 5 – 8 megapixel (still up in the air somewhat, I guess)
- NVIDIA chip for 3D graphics (please don’t be a G84 or G86).
Hoping for a Q4 release this year, the Alexander is being thought of by some as Motorola’s last chance.
It’s funny…it reminds me a bit of the mock-up floating around of the rumored iPhone Nano, but with a slide-out keyboard. And no OS X-based operating system, of course.
Is it me? I just can’t buy a device running Windows Mobile. Maybe version 7 will change my mind?
Qualcomm COO and senior vice president Sanjay Jha has been named the new head of Motorola’s mobile device unit which Motorola is preparing to spin-off into a separate public company.
Things have been tough for Motorola the last few years with their most recent hit being the Razr handset which debuted in 2004.
Hopefully Jha will be able to help turn things around.
At Qualcom, executive vice president Len Lauer, former COO at Sprint Nextel, will be taking over the COO role that Jha is vacating.
With Motorola and Sony Ericsson having some financial trouble as of late, Nokia is looking to stay ahead of the and maybe even get few customers from RIM and Apple with an across the board price cut.
The biggest cuts will be on 5310 and 5610 music phones and the 8GB N8, but most other handsets will be cut by around 10%.
According to insiders at Motorola, the company is working on a new handset codenamed “Alexander” and if the rumors are correct this is their last attempt at regaining lost market share before selling off the company.
Features of the Alexander are alleged to include:
- NVIDIA chip for video and 3D graphics
- 8 megapixel camera
- May possibly be a touchscreen
- May run version 4.0 (or higher) of the UIQ operating system
This isn’t an official product yet, but according to rumors it will be out sometime this October.
Effective July 1st, Motorola Labs is laying off 120 of their 600 employees and reassigning another 180 to individual business units. The remaining 300 will become a new, smaller unit called “Applied Research & Technology Center”.
No comments from Motorola about the move but they did confirm a reorganization.
In a statement, the company said, “this direct alignment will help R&D teams work with their business partners to optimize R&D investment and focus on projects that deliver the greatest value for Motorola.”
Retail market watcher NPD Group is reporting that cell phone sales were down 22% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year.
If I’m reading this correctly, it’s also saying that it’s the first time sales have fallen between the busy holiday quarter and the first quarter.
RIM isn’t so concerned since they actually increased their sales and edged out Sanyo to become the fifth largest cell phone manufacturer.
Here’s how things break down:
- Motorola: 27%
- Samsung: 18%
- LG: 17%
- Nokia: 8%
- RIM BlackBerry: 5%
Not making the list was Apple, but don’t feel bad for the Cupertino-based company–I think they’ll be okay. In the nine months up to March of 2008 they managed to sell 5.4 million iPhone’s. Pretty good for a new player in the highly competitive cell phone industry.
Although there doesn’t seem to be an official word yet about a Motorola and Kodak partnership, newly leaked photos of the upcoming Motorola ZN5 cellphone seem to point to one if they’re real.
The photos show the Motorola logo in the center of the phone and the Kodak logo on the camera part of the phone.
For more pictures check out KeySJ here.
In attempt to try and make money again for a change after a market loss of 60%, Motorola announced that they will be splitting into two publicly traded entities in 2009.
London-based Nomura analyst Richar Windsor said, “it could be 18 months before it happens, by which time the outlook for either of the businesses could be completely different.”
One of the two companies would be their money-losing mobile phone unit while the other would make set-top boxes and network equipment.
By spinning their mobile phone business into a separate company they may be able find strategic investors such as smaller handset makers in China or Japan eager to get into the US market.