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Motorola Q 9 headed for Italy first; calls out iPhone

Motorola announces the availability of the Motorola Q 8 and Q 9 for Italy.

Motorola Q 9
Motorola Q 9

Today, Motorola showed off a portfolio of new and some not-so-new cell phones and smart phones at a press event in New York. Along with the unveiling of the Razr 2, the company announced that the Motorola Q 9 (nee Motorola Q q9) would be available starting this week...in Italy. What the?! Motorola said it expected the Q 9 to ship in other parts of the world this summer, and let's hope this includes the United States. The Moto Q 9 will run Windows Mobile 6 and support HSDPA/UMTS networks for data speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. In fact, Motorola reps went so far as to say that the Q 9 was the fastest smart phone in the world to date and made it a point to call out the Apple iPhone. Ooo, them be fighting words.

Motorola Q 8
Motorola Q 8 Motorola

Other highlights of the smart phone include:

  • Support for up to eight corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts, including AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail
  • Integrated Bluetooth with support for the A2DP profile for stereo Bluetooth headsets
  • A 2-megapixel camera with 8X zoom and video-recording capabilities at 15 frames per second
  • Texas Instrument OMAP 2420 processor and 96MB of RAM; 256MB flash memory and a microSD expansion slot (accepts up to 2GB cards)
  • Revamped design (a bulkier one at that, we have to say) with new QWERTY keyboard and seven dedicated one-touch keys to access the Web, e-mail, camera, and so forth.

Motorola also made mention of the GSM Motorola Q, which has been renamed the Motorola Q 8, but did not say whether it would launch this product in the United States. As you may recall, the company said back at CTIA 2007 that it had no plans to bring the Q 8 stateside because there was no interest. For more on today's announcements, check out fellow Craver Kent German's post.