updated 09:35 am EST, Mon February 2, 2009
Moto Stature i9
Motorola has made an early start to its Mobile World Congress unveilings by launching the Stature i9 for both Sprint and its sub-brand Boost Mobile. The clamshell is said the thinnest to use iDEN push-to-talk networks at 0.59 inches thick and is also the most advanced media phone of the kind. A 3.1-megaxpixel camera is the sharpest available on Sprint's PTT network, while a ring of touch-sensitive buttons around the external display provide access both to music but also to GPS, video capture and other functions that normally need an open phone; they dynamically illuminate to indicate contextual choices.
The phone also carries a microSDHC slot for storage up to 8GB and Bluetooth with stereo audio support. None of the companies involved have supplied a price for the phone, though Boost Mobile should get the phone late this month with Sprint itself carrying the phone shortly afterwards.