updated 11:50 am EST, Mon February 12, 2007
Moto KRZR K3 and W510
In another suite of 3GSM-related unveilings, Motorola today released a pair of phones whose design stems directly from that of the American cellphone maker's KRZR clamshell. The KRZR K3 is an immediate sequel to the K1 and K1m already in use across the world but adds the crucial element of 3G wireless. As revealed in a product leak, the K3 gains faster browsing through HSDPA Internet access. A forward-facing camera is also tucked into the inner body for video calls and self-portraits. The K3 is similar in most other respects to its K1 forefather and is equipped with a 2-megapixel outer camera as well as microSD storage, though it swaps the solid hues of the earlier versions for a two-tone gray scheme. A launch is planned for this quarter, although the company has not revealed whether or not the K3 will work properly in North America.
The company also seeks to bring the KRZR's influence to the mainstream and has introduced the W510 to match. Intended as a world roaming handset, the W510 has a four-band GSM radio that supports North America in addition to most other territories. Its costs have also been trimmed to appeal to a wider audience: a single 1.3-megapixel outer camera and Internet access limited to EDGE keep the price down while still providing much of the same experience. It will become available at the same time as the KRZR K3 and should see a wider release.