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Symbol preps BlackBerry challenger

updated 09:55 am EST, Fri November 17, 2006

Symbol MC35 In Works

Recent Motorola acquisition Symbol is working on a slim, portable smartphone to complement its handheld computers, according to Reg Hardware. The MC35 (pictured) will abandon the navigation pad and thick casing of the existing MC50 for a "durable, lightweight" design, the company says. It should more closely resemble multi-purpose phones such as the BlackBerry 8700 and is expected to focus on offering as many connection methods as possible, ranging from built-in GPS tracking and Bluetooth to push-to-talk for instant conversations. Symbol also mentions it will release versions of the new phone with and without WiFi, allowing for both standard Internet access and VoIP calling. Little else has been revealed by Symbol, which may ultimately ship the MC35 as a Motorola device. The new device should launch in February without built-in WiFi and will be followed by a fully-enabled wireless version the following month. Pricing has not been revealed.



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