updated 12:35 pm EDT, Tue August 5, 2008
Moto Alexander Leak
Motorola's future top-end phone and the company's purported last stand is a spiritual successor to the Q 9, according to leaks from BGR. Known in development as Alexander, the device appears to be a slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and will run Windows Mobile 6.1. The apparent slip also contradicts reports that Alexander would have a touchscreen to compete against the iPhone and instead shows a directional pad, which has been present for every existing Q series phone.
The device would primarily compete against Apple, Research in Motion, and others through sheer feature set. Confirming some earlier details, the leak would equip Alexander with a camera between five and eight megapixels and would also supply assisted GPS for navigation. An NVIDIA Tegra APX chipset would more than compensate for the slow video performance of the Q 9 and allow advanced 3D, though whether extras like 720p HD video and HDMI output would be available isn't mentioned.
A release is still said to be penned for the fall, with the previous rumor having narrowed the launch to October. The choice of carriers hasn't been identified, although Motorola shipped the Q 9 first for GSM-based carriers like AT&T and eventually moved to CDMA carriers months later.
BGR has historically been an accurate source of Motorola leaks.