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Motorola RAZR V3xx
 

Motorola RAZR V3xx

07 August 2006
Written by Mike Meers

Completing our coverage of the latest Motorola handsets is the Motorola RAZR V3xx, the upgraded (or perhaps downgraded, in some regards) version of the RAZR V3i/V3x models. The V3xx is a 3G (HSDPA Category 6) handset with dual-digital cameras, Bluetooth class 2, MP3 player, 256k colour internal display and colour external LCD, EDGE & GPRS, and the same super thin profile we expect from any handset displaying the RAZR tag.

The clamshell form factor V3xx doesn’t have your plain coloured case – the handset is black with silver trimmings and a white dragon printed over the front and back of the case. It looks like there will be other colours/designs available in the sales package, but this dragon V3xx is the most distributed image by Motorola. It definitely looks like a RAZR handset – with the top flip sitting nicely against the bottom section of the handset. The final measurements on the V3xx are 104 x 53 x 15 mm, which isn’t quite as RAZR thin as the V3, but it’s up there with the thinnest handsets.

A 65k colour CSTN LCD sits on the front of the V3xx so you can easily note the time, date, any missed calls or messages, and other indicators. The internal LCD is a bit snazzier at 256,144 colours and 240 x 320 (QVGA) pixels.

It’s unfortunate that Motorola have dipped down (hence my comment on the handset being downgraded) the quality of the main camera compared to the V3x. The V3x has a 2mpx camera, and the V3xx only has a 1.3mpx camera. The camera has 8x digital zoom and either LCD can be used for image capture. There is an additional camera for video calling; this is a VGA specification which is just fine for the intended purpose.

There’s no word on the capacity of the internal memory – but here’s to hoping it’ll be somewhere around the 128MB mark. Some good news is that the handset does have an external memory source – in the microSD memory card type. You can send off your images, video, and other files stored on the handset over Bluetooth class 2 or through the miniUSB connectivity. The Bluetooth specification on the V3xx supports the A2DP and AVRCP profiles, which allows streaming music to compatible wireless Bluetooth headsets.

These latest releases from Motorola, including the RAZR V3xx, seem to be mostly the same handset – change a couple of minor features here and there, package it up in a new form and you’re done. For the most part this is usually fine, but when it happens over and over again the consumer really yearns for something new, fresh, and exciting. A release estimate is the second half of 2006.

FYI .:. Motorola RAZR V3xx
(ETA  2nd half 2006)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UTMS 2100MHz
Form factor Clamshell
Size 104 x 53 x 15mm
Weight 103 grams
Display Internal: 2.2" 262,144 colour TFT LCD screen @ 240 x 320 pixels
External: 65,536 colour CSTN LCD @ 96 x 80 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery pack
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 270 minutes*
3G: Up to 180 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 16.5 days*
3G: Up to 13.75 days*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth v2, USB 2.0
Camera support 1.3mpx digital camera with 8x digital zoom, dedicated inward-facing VGA camera for video calling
Data support EDGE Class 6, GPRS, HSDPA Category 6 (3.6mbp/s), UMTS data
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications WAP 2.0 with xHTML
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, ??MB^
Yes, microSD memory card slot
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and push-email client with iTap predictive text
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Motorola
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Bluetooth A2DP profile for wireless audio playback

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
** Requires own BL-6C specific battery cover
^ Final specifications to be confirmed


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