According to Spanish gadget blog Gizmos.es, Motorola is already working on as yet unannounced MOTO Z10 RIZR multimedia handset successor , probably called Motorola Z12, as a part of new multimedia phone line-up, called ZiNE.
The rumored MOTO ZiNE Z12 should feature 8 megapixel camera and 3x optical zoom, is developed together with Kodak and should be announced next summer. MOTO Z12 will have the same kick-slider form factor as Z8 and Z10, but will be a little bigger to accommodate larger touchscreen. Motorola Z12 ZiNE will keep the physical keyboard and will add Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS chip.
According to Gizmos.es, they were able to extract all this juicy info from Motorola reps after the official RAZR2 V8 launch event in Spain, yesterday.
The description of Motorola Z12 fits very nicely with a blurry picture of 8 mpx Motorola Scarven prototype, we showed you last month. On the other hand it contradicts a bit the info about Motorola’s future handset strategy under 4 mobile phone lines: RAZR, ROKR, ZOOM and Multi Q.
No way to be completely sure, but I think that both of these reports are true. Motorola is steadily loosing ground in mobile phone market and desperately needs both a new strategy and new extremely attractive handsets to get back on top.
3.2 megapixel Moto Z10 won’t do and it’s even too late for a 5 mpx flagship to garner much media and consumer attention, especially outside the United States.
The 8 megapixel Kodak camera with 3x optical zoom featuring MOTO Z12 ZiNe or ZOOM smartphone, with big and bright 2.8″ VGA (640Ã—480 px), 16 million color touchscreen, Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, would be just the phone to revive Motorola’s fortunes and to lead the already confirmed 20-30 new Motorola handset line-up of 2008.
And the names? ZOOM, ZiNE or whaterver, they are probably the reflection of the internal debate in Motorola marketing department and indication that there hasn’t been a final decision about the actual phone line names yet.
Update: Oops, I’ve lost some details in machine translation from Spanish . Here’s the correction by Jon Hdez from Gizmo.es:
They told us about two ZiNEs: The succesor of Z10 with GPS and WiFi that will be released BEFORE summer, and another one, the 8 megapixel monster, that will be released AFTER summer and is a slider phone, not kick-slider. They are two different phones.
ZiNE is the final name for the multimedia range of products, in the slides of the presentation there was the ZOOM logo, but they told us that ZOOM is a provisional name and ZiNE is the final name that they are going to use.
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