updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue May 15, 2007
Motorola Ships Q8 and Q9h
Motorola today confirmed that it was at last shipping the Q9h, its upgrade to the popular Q that brings 3G wireless as well as Windows Mobile 6. The phone is one of the fastest in the class, according to the company. Its 256MB of RAM is double that even of faster phones such as the Samsung BlackJack, and it can download equally quickly: a 3.6Mbps HSDPA modem can download a song online in ten seconds versus 20 or longer for most cellphones, which even in 3G mode often manage only half the transfer speed. The 2-megapixel camera is also the best among thin smartphones, Motorola says.
The phone has quad-band GSM support that works with US networks and should also work with EDGE and HSDPA networks through AT&T. However, pricing and specific carriers for North America haven't been announced.
Also available is the Q8, a simplified GSM version of the Q on sale today for CDMA carriers. Its Internet is limited to EDGE but the device also includes the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6. It features 128MB of RAM and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Exact availability in the US is again unknown.