Motorola has brought forward the release of its would-be Blackberry-competing smart phone, CEO Ed Zander revealed on Friday. When the mobile phone company launched its Q smart phone in July, it said the QWERTY keyboard-equipped device would ship Q1 2006. According to Zander, speaking to reporters at a Churchill Club event held at the Computer History Museum on Friday, the released was actually pegged to January 2006, but thatís now been moved ahead to December 2005.
The improvement could amount to just a few days, but itís a whole quarter as far as Wall Street is concerned. Palm is expected to unveil the Windows Mobile-based Treo 700 later today, and itís entirely possible Motorolaís move was prompted by its rivalís announcement that itís holding a press conference with Verizon and Microsoft later today.
Motorolaís pitch for the Q is that it will be the ďthinnest, lightestĒ handset with an integrated QWERTY keypad. It measures 11.5 x 6.3 x 1.1cm, which is certainly thinner than the 2cm-thick Palm Treo 650 and the 1.8cm-thick RIM Blackberry 7780, though the Palm deviceís face is smaller. Unlike the Treo, the Q has no antenna stub.
The Qís display is a 2.4in, 320 x 240, 65,536-colour job, and the handset also incorporates a 1.3 megapixel digicam with a flash. Thereís a Mini SD slot for memory expansion, and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The keypad is backlit, and Motorola has built in speakerphone capability. The device will run Windows Mobile 5.0.