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Motorola at CeBIT 2004: three multimedia novelties

Seemingly Motorola adopts the methods and tactics of its main rival, Nokia. First, Motorola is seriously trying to outrun Nokia in announcements per time unit. Second, the company started paying more attention to innovations at such major events as 3GSM World Congress and CeBIT. Still Motorola focuses more on user technologies, while Nokia focuses on the corporate market.

At CeBIT 2004 that started today in Hannover the company showcases its "Intelligence Everywhere" series: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, Push-to-Talk over TETRA, Cellular (PoC) products, partially announced earlier. It also demonstrates the MTV International broadcast onto the first-introduced E398 mobile handset. Besides, the company introduced two more handsets, E680 and C650, alongside M900 car GSM terminal.

Motorola C650 is a rather simple, but fully-featured product with a digital camera, MP3 playback, MMS, Java support. I guess it will replace C350.

C650 specs:

  • €199 MSRP
  • 91g weight
  • 102.5 x 44 x 19.6 mm size
  • Up to 215 hours of standby, up to 380 minutes of talk
  • Tri-GSM (900/1800/1900), GPRS
  • 128x128 display
  • 640x480 digital camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Voice dialling
  • Wireless Village Instant Messaging, MMS, EMS 5.0
  • 1.8MB memory
  • MP3, MPEG4 playback
  • Picture-Caller-ID
  • 22kHz speaker, Motomixer
  • J2ME

Motorola E398 supports MP3 and MPEG4 stereo playback with its 2 x 16mm 22kHz speakers and 3D-Stereo-Surround-Sound).

E398 specs:

  • €350 MSRP in online stores
  • 110g weight
  • 108 x 46 x 20.5 mm size
  • Up to 210 hours of standby, up to 560 minutes of talk
  • GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS class 10
  • WAP 2.0
  • 176x220 TFT, 65536 colors
  • 640x480 digital camera with a flash
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • J2ME MIDP 2.0
  • Voice dialling
  • Wireless Village Instant Messaging, MMS, EMS 5.0, POP3, SMTP, IMAP4
  • 5MB int. memory + up to 64MB of Triflash Memorycard
  • MP3, MIDI, MPEG4 playback
  • PIM, Picture Caller-ID
  • Stereo 22kHz speakers, MotoMixer, stereo hands-free

Finally, Motorola E680 has the highest display resolution of 240x320 and resembles MPx, but works under Linux. Similar to the previous models, E680 has a 640x480 digital camera, but also supports movie recording and has 8x digital zoom.

E680 specs:

  • €439 MSRP
  • 130g weight
  • 124 x 53 x 22.4 mm size
  • Up to 192 hours of standby, up to 380 minutes of talk
  • GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS
  • WAP 2.0
  • 240x320 sensor TFT
  • 640x480 digital camera, 8x digital zoom
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • Voice dialling
  • Instant Messaging, SMS, MMS, POP3, SMTP, IMAP4
  • 50MB int. memory + up to 1GB Secure Digital
  • J2ME (Linux OS), MIDP2.0, CLDC 1.1, RealPlayer
  • MP3, AAC, MPEG4 & h.263, MIDI, AAC, RA, WMS, WAV, AMR playback
  • Stereo 16mm 22kHz speakers, MotoMixer, PIM, Picture-Caller-ID

Motorola M900 car GSM terminal supports a large number of voice commands allowing for almost complete hands-free controls. Supported languages include English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew.

The company also showcases already announced handsets: MPx, MPx100, A1000, V80, V180, V220 alongside HF800 speaker and HS820 hands-free.

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