updated 08:55 am EST, Tue January 9, 2007
Moto Q PRO and iPod Kit
In addition to its new MING and RIZR media phones, Motorola has just announced the Q Pro, a version of the company's popular Windows Mobile smartphone built to appeal to more demanding business users. Coated in black, the previously leaked device is preloaded with viewers for Microsoft Office and PDF documents, as well as a Word-compatible text editor; a 512MB miniSD card stores backups of the software. Enhanced data encryption, password layers, and logging also prevent valuable data from reaching intruders. Notably, the phone's 1.3-megapixel camera can be selectively disabled -- a crucial feature for workplaces where any camera-equipped cellphone could be a security risk, Motorola adds. Hardware remains similar to the original model and includes Bluetooth plus support for EVDO broadband. The Q PRO is available immediately from Motorola itself, though pricing is unlisted.
Read more for details and photos of the Bluetooth headphones and iPod adapter.
The cellphone maker has also unveiled the Active Headphones S9, a Bluetooth-enabled set of headphones designed for joggers with a behind-the-head design that keeps the earpieces stable. The S9 pairs with any A2DP-capable cellphone and lasts up to six hours per charge during continuous playback. Motorola hopes to ship the headphone set in the first half of this year for an unknown price.
To accompany the S9, Motorola has also announced the D650 companion Bluetooth adapter for iPods. The receiver works with any dockable iPod and is tailor-fitted to the offset connector of the iPod nano. Powered solely by the iPod itself, the D650 speaks to any Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Battery life is unrated and depends largely on the attached player, the company says. It too will ship in the first half of 2007 and has not received a price.