Moto's Razr 2 and the media monster
Motorola unveils a second-generation Razr and shows off the Rokr E6 and the Z8.
Motorola CEO Ed Zander today took a page from the Steve Jobs school of product announcements when he showed off three new cell phones andat an event in New York City. After the cell phone tuned out to be a handset that we covered already (the ) we were thinking the whole thing might be bust. But then Zander saved the biggest news for last with the unveiling of the Motorola Razr 2.
Inside both the V9 and V9m, you'll find a 2-megapixel camera, full Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, 3G support, video conferencing, a full HTML browser, Windows Media Player 11 with PC syncing, a 500Mhz processor, USB 2.0, and "CrystalTalk" voice technology that will adjust the volume automatically based on ambient noise.
The Razr 2 also comes in a GSM/EDGE version called the V8. It also offers a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a music player but adds in a couple extra goodies not available on the V9 or V9m. Thanks to a Linux/Java platform, it sports a much-needed refresh of the Moto's stodgy menu interface. Also, you can use the external display to send template text messages. There was no official word on U.S. availability for any of the Razr V2s, but the GSM V9 will be out first (in July) with the V9m and V8 following later in the year. Speaking of that, Zander said the number of Razrs sold is about to pass the 100 million mark.
Also at the event, a Moto exec showed off the Rokr Z6 and the aforementioned Z8. We first saw the Z6 earlier this year at CTIA, while the Z8 made its debut at . The Z6 has a built-in music player with "drag-and-drop" music syncing, a 2-megapixel camera, USB 2.0, a slider form factor, a Linux/Java platform, and stereo Bluetooth. The company also showed off its
The Z8 is the "media monster" cell phone that Motowith last week. As a refresher, it features a "kick slide" design that cradles the head much as a flip phone does. Features are all about multimedia with a 2-megapixel camera, HSDPA support, a video player, videoconferencing, world phone support, a 16 million-color display with a vertical and horizontal orientation, and 90MB of internal memory. As we said before, the Z8 will be able to play full-length movies from SD cards and show video at 30 frames per second (the same as on a standard TV). Admittedly, that sounds pretty cool, but we're not so thrilled with the prospect of watching an entire movie on a tiny cell phone display.