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Full touchscreen Motorola phone spotted

updated 08:15 am EST, Mon February 23, 2009

Moto Full Touch Phone Leak

A leak this weekend through Engadget has uncovered what appears to be Motorola's first high-end, full touchscreen device. The unnamed phone has few details but appears to have the same 5-megapixel Kodak camera and Xenon flash as the ZINE ZN5, TV output, and no visible hardware keyboard.

The source of the tip suggests the phone will be one of Motorola's first planned Android phones, which would give it a heavy social networking component, though the full hardware controls needed to run Android aren't immediately visible. The company is nonetheless unlikely to use Windows Mobile as it publicly plans to de-emphasize the Microsoft operating system until 2010.

A premium touch device is considered crucial to Motorola, which slid in market share at the end of 2008 and is often thought to be suffering from the absence of an appealing "halo" device like Apple's iPhone or Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm. The company has touchscreen devices like the Krave for Verizon and multiple MING devices, but all of these are targeted primarily at the mid-range or at Chinese who need handwriting recognition.



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  1. Guest

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    Blackberry Storm a 'halo'

    I can buy the iPhone, but Blackberry Storm a 'halo' device? I would have thought you meant the Bold.

  1. Salty

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    Depends on what kind

    I dono the Storm certainly does at least get people talking about RIM... they say things like "Worst blackberry ever," or "I'm surprised a company with such great quality control let this thing out the door."

  1. imactheknife

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    storm a dud

    I heard that even Rim's CEO said they rushed the storm out and thats his excuse for a slow POS touch screen phone

  1. Guest

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    Moto should call it...

    ...the SUKR... because that's what you are if you're still buying phones from them.

    As for RIM, yeah, the Storm was rushed so it would be in stores for the holiday season. Getting an unfinished product on store shelves for the holiday season is a great way to get customers. A great way to keep them? Not so much.

  1. Guest

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    RIM

    i'm waiting for a writer to use the phrase "good RIM job" in an article or headline. that would be sweet.

    that having been said, these companies are all just catching up to the original iphone, while apple is getting ready to release the next generation this summer. steve wasn't lying when he said the iphone was years ahead of every other manufacturer.

  1. slapppy

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    The industry

    The industry has Apple to thank for. Look at what these guys are all doing. Copying Apple, right down to the App store built in to the phone.

  1. luckyday

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    Slappy

    What about all the features apple copied from the industry when it introduced the iphone?

  1. Guest

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    giants

    all great advances are built upon the shoulders of giants. you wouldn't say that the original car "copied" certain concepts from a horse carriage. certain technologies existed in the past that apple incorporated into a phone that brought several new features with it.

    these other companies are just trying to catch up with apple, not reinvent what a mobile phone is to a person.

  1. luckyday

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    Guest

    You are comparing apple to a new car and other phones to a horse drawn carriage? Nice. You should write for Macnn.

    Apple was late into the cell phone game and had the benefit of using technologies that other companies perfected. Is that normal? 100%! Companies compete with each other. In other words, apple using industry ideas is no different than the industry taking apple's ideas. You don't think that is fair? That's how consumers get the best selection of products.

    If you like something on the iphone, wouldn't you want the same feature to be on a few other phones? In case those other phones have a feature you want that the iphone doesnt have? Or you can't afford the iphone? Or you don't want to be like the zealots on this forum?

    One day you mindless zombies are going to realize competition is good and you'll stop being so insecure about your gadgets (even if they are the only thing that makes you feel special).

  1. Guest

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    zombies

    i love the fact that these companies that lack any innovation are copying apple's ideas. it pushes apple to work harder and inspires further innovation in themselves.

    even though i don't mind it, if it's blatant copying of apple's design, i'm still going to call it that. maybe you shouldn't waste your time trolling tech sites bashing the "zombies" if it bothers you that much.

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