Motorola Goes Linux

By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2006-07-26 Print this article Print

Motorola's new flagship platform, SCPL ("scalpel") will redefine even basic phone performance.

CHICAGO, Ill., July 25—Whats sharper than a RAZR? A scalpel.

Motorolas new flagship platform, SCPL ("scalpel") will redefine even basic phone performance, Motorola mobile devices head Ron Garriques said as he unveiled the first SCPL phone at a financial analysts meeting late on Tuesday.

He also said Motorola will be abandoning the familiar operating system used on its feature phones, such as the RAZR, for a Linux- and Java-based solution.

The announcement of the new MOTOFONE, a low-cost phone targeting developing countries, came at the end of a busy two-day session where Motorola also announced several new RAZRs, the slim KRAZR flip phone and the RIZR slider.

The MOTOFONE has dual antennas, at the top and bottom, for industry-leading reception; a nearly bottomless battery with 450 minutes of talk time and 400 hours of standby; and a new electrophoretic (electronic-ink) display viewable both in bright sunlight and near darkness, Garriques said.

"I want people to say, I live far away [from a cell tower], I have to buy a Motorola device," Garriques said. "And you can literally take this device for weeks without a charge."

Building on the audio expertise of Motorolas iDen group, which makes Nextel phones, the MOTOFONE will also be unusually loud and clear, so you can hear calls even in the loudest urban environments, Garriques said.

"Itll give you unbelievable audio quality, world class audio quality," he said.

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Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.

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