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Motorola RIZR Z6 - Future phone


Motorola RIZR Z6
 

Motorola RIZR Z6

01 March 2007
Written by Mike Meers

Information on the Motorola RIZR Z6 has been available since early January, but Motorola officially launched the device at 3GSM in Barcelona a few weeks ago. The upgraded model to the Z3, the Z6 looks almost identical to its older sibling. The Z6 has a new Linux based operating system and focuses on the multimedia market, with the centre of attention being mobile music.

The RIZR Z6 uses Windows Media technology so users can transfer music to the device using Windows Media Player 11 from any compatible PC. The media player on the Z6 even supports playback of files with DRM protection, a feature uncommon with mobile phone media players. A dedicated music button has replaced the Internet key found on the Z3 for easy access to the media player application.

64MB of onboard shared memory is available for photos, videos, music, and other file formats Ė and if thatís not enough the Z6 has a microSD slot for memory cards up to 2GB. Through the use of high speed USB version 2.0 transferring files to the handset will be a breeze. Bluetooth version 2.0 is included for wireless data transfer. Seeing as the Z6 is a multimedia device the Z6 also has the A2DP profile for stereo quality streaming to compatible devices.

The Linux & kJava operating system on the Z6 is very interesting, considering that Motorola have just announced the Symbian-based RIZR Z8. Only time will tell which operating system gets preference from the manufacturer, but either option is good news for consumers who have quickly become tired of the old operating system.

A 2mpx digital camera with LED flash is the perfect buddy for MMS and e-mail messaging. The camera can capture video and still images and uses a landscape viewfinder on the Z6ís 320 x 240 pixel TFT LCD capable of 262,144 colours.

The RIZR Z6 is quad-band GSM compatible (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and also supports EDGE and GPRS Class 10 protocol suites. At just 105 x 45 x 16.2mm and 105 grams, the RIZR Z6 packs quite a bit of punch into a sleek sliding device.

The expected release date of the RIZR Z6 was not stated in the press release, but the rumour is the first half of 2007.

FYI .:. Motorola RIZR Z8
(ETA 1st half of 2007)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Slider
Size 105 x 45 x 16.2mm
Weight 105 grams
Display 262,144 colour TFT LCD @ 320 x 240 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery 780mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: 180-420 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: 200-400 hours*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 (A2DP supported), USB version 2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video recording in MPEG4 or 3GPP format
Data support GPRS and EGDE Class 10
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications WAP 2.0 compatible browser
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 64MB
Yes, microSD (up to 2GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, and MMS with iTap predictive text
Ringing tones Windows WMAv10 & Janus DRM, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR NB, WAV, and XMF
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Linux and kJava operating system
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Airplane mode
New chipest

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed


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