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Motorola RAZR V3i Rumours

 Motorola RAZR V3i preview Announcement expected very soon
5th November 2005
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This handset has now been confirmed with some changes - click here to read more

The Motorola RAZR V3 has been one of the best-selling handsets of 2005, and has helped Motorola gain a significant slice of market share. In an attempt to spread the "halo effect" around, Motorola have also announced the Motorola RAZR V3x 3G phone, SLVR ultra-slim bar format device and the pretty PEBL clamshell.

But one significant problem for Motorola has been that if you look past the RAZR V3's striking exterior, the phone isn't really all that good and is little different from the Motorola V500 series in technical terms.. so it's basically two years out of date. This is a significant problem for Motorola as the RAZR V3 account for a very large part of their sales.

The Motorola RAZR V3i is rumoured to be an upgraded version of the V3, bringing it kicking and screaming into.. err.. 2005. From what we've seen of the V3i, it's a bronze coloured handset with few cosmetic changes over the V3 (we understand the the "M" logo now lights up though!).

Under the surface though, the RAZR V3i seems to be much more interesting. Gone is the old VGA resolution 0.3 megapixel camera, and in comes a megapixel class camera instead (either 1.0 or 1.3 megapixels we think). Added to that, we understand is a TransFlash (micro SD) memory slot and significantly, we understand that the RAZR V3i also comes with the sames iTunes software that is built into the ROKR.

These are not huge technical improvements, but it's a significant better phone from the consumer's point of view. Two of the weakest points with the old V3 was the poor camera and lack of a multimedia player. From what we can tell, the RAZR V3i addresses these issues.

If the Motorola RAZR V3i does have iTunes (and we believe that it does), then it's likely to be a significant boost to this Apple-Motorola project. Sales of the ROKR have been disappointing and the handset suffers from a very high return. Part of the reason is the limitations of the iTunes software (which will probably remain on the V3i), but also the ROKR handset itself isn't very attractive. The big advantage of the RAZR design is that it's already a style icon, and the RAZR V3i's very stylish design should complement iTunes's "hip" image at the same time. Perhaps the RAZR V3i is the handset that Motorola should have come out with first to showcase iTunes?

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Motorola RAZR V3i Anticipated Specifications

Available:

Soon

Network:

GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

176x220 pixels, 262k colours (main)
96x80 pixels, 65k colours (sub)

Camera:

1.0 - 1.3 megapixels

Size:

Slimline clamshell
98x53x14mm / 95 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

7 hours talk / 12 days standby

 

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