updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon June 23, 2008
Moto Bets on 8MP Phone
Motorola is placing nearly all its faith in a high-technology phone whose success or failure may determine the outcome of the company, according to a tip sent to BGR. The unnamed device (likely a future ZINE model) would have a previously hinted-at 8-megapixel camera but should also have true GPS and other features meant to draw attention in the crowded high-end field. It will also be one of the first devices to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra APX 2500 processor and should be fast enough to produce advanced 3D as well as HD-resolution video, according to the claims.
The phone has long been rumored to incorporate a touchscreen, though this is no longer certain; the operating system is also unconfirmed but may be a variant of the UIQ interface found on the Z10 and virtually all Sony Ericsson phones.
A release date is unclear for the phone but is tentatively set for October and will be watched very closely, the claimed leak suggests. The launch will be considered a "last stand" for the mobile phone division at Motorola and could see the branch sold to outsiders entirely, letting the American telecoms company focus on mobile broadband, DVRs, and other more profitable businesses.
The company has seen steadily worsening losses and accompanying steep drops in marketshare within the past two years as customers either flock to high-end media phones, such as the iPhone, or else to less expensive devices that accomplish the same tasks as the RAZR series once did. More users switched from RAZRs to iPhones than from any other individual phone model.