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Motorola RAZR V3

27th July 2004

 Motorola RAZR V3 Open At only 13.9 mm thick, the Motorola RAZR V3 is certainly a slimline phone, but unlike many compact handsets, the RAZR V3 certainly doesn't skimp on features in any way.

The feature set on the V3 is impressive, but the first thing most people will notice is the looks. The Motorola V3 is clad in aluminium, which is strong and lightweight, and the antenna has been tucked away internally. The keypad is impressive - its been chemically etched for maximum precision - and Motorola have added "cool blue" electroluminescent backlighting. The size overall is 13.9x55x98mm and weight is 95 grams.

As we said - a lot of compact phones skimp on features, but the RAZR V3 comes with a 176x220 pixel internal screen in 65,000 colours plus an external 96x80 4096 colour unit. There's a built in camera, although VGA resolution only and even Bluetooth. Like most high-end Motorolas, this is a quad band GSM phone supporting GPRS.

As you'd expect, there's Java for games and other applications plus polyphonic ringtones. The Motorola V3 can also play back MPEG4 video, has a 3D graphics engine and a web browser, plus everything else you'd expect to find in a high-end phone.

 Motorola RAZR V3 Closed Indeed, it's such an impressive phone for its size, it's probably easier to list what it DOESN'T have, which is EDGE high-speed data, a megapixel camera or removable memory. But this really is nit-picking, because this is a very compact and extremely attractive phone.

To be honest, our biggest gripe is the name. Motorola call it both the "Motorola V3" and the "Motorola RAZR V3" which is confusing and doesn't fit in with the rest of the V-series at all.

You might think that we like the look of the RAZR V3 at Mobile Gazette, and you'd be right. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that Motorola have redefined the clamshell format and other manufacturers are bound to follow suit with "me too" highly specified slimline clamshells.

Expect the Motorola V3 to be available some time in late Q3/early Q4 2004. Price hasn't been specified, but our best guess is an unsubsidised price somewhere in the 600/380/$700 range.

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Motorola RAZR at a glance


Q3/Q4 2004


Quad band GSM




176x220 pixels, 65,000 colours


640 x 480 pixels


Slimline clamshell
98x55x13.9mm / 95 grams









Battery life:

7 hours talk / 11 days standby


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