Quietly, Motorola has announced the release of two new Linux-powered smartphones: the MING A1600 and MING A1800. Both phones are packed with GPS, touchscreens and more. Rumors have been floating that the A1800 has already become available in China, but now we have official confirmation that such a phone exists.
By looking at some of the pictures I am reminded of the old-school Star Tacs from the 90′s, only with a lot more bells and whistles packed in. Let’s take a look at each phone.
- Linux OS
- Quad-band GSM support with EDGE but no 3G functionality
- 3 MP Camera with continuous autofocus – a first for mobile phones
- GPS with geotagging
- Stereo FM Radio and Bluetooth A2DP
- MicroSD and MicroUSB port
- No wi-fi
- Business card scanner application and scanner translation capacity
On the outside, the A1800 looks exactly like the A1600; the touchscreens are both alike, both have 3 MP camera, microSD, A2DP, Bluetooth, GPS and Linux. However there are some key differences.
- Includes two radio transmitters, to connect to two different networks at the same time.
- Tri-band GSM, no EDGE or 3G, but includes CDMA support (!)
Looks to be some interesting phones. It is speculated that these phones will be available mainly for China, but they may also be good for other developing markets as well. No information on pricing or release dates available yet, but we will be on top of the news when it comes out.
via GSM Arena
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