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A future contender?

Images of a rumoured Motorola ‘RAZRberry’ (officially codenamed ‘Franklin’) running Windows Mobile 5.0 surfaced on Engadget today.


Less of a ‘Treo Killer’ (people have mostly given up trying on this front ) than a would-be ‘BlackBerry Killer’, this RAZRberry design is nonetheless among the most interesting and appealing that I’ve come across.

Like our Treo, the RAZRberry is planned to have a quad-band GPRS/EDGE radio and also Bluetooth.  It will sport 128MB flash and 64MB RAM memory instead of our 32MB, a 1.3 megapixel camera instead of our 0.3.  Additionally, it will use the miniSD format that I mentioned on Friday.  However, the screen at 320x240 is 25% smaller than our 320x320.

From a design perspective, as you can see from the picture above, the RAZRberry dimensions are nearly identical to our Treo in all respects except thickness where it is about 50% thinner and width where it is 5mm wider.  The overall specs are 112 x 64 x 11.5mm versus 113 x 59 x 23mm for our Treo.  Finally, the RAZRberry is rumoured to weigh only 115gm compared to our Treo 178gm and it also has the benefit of no external antenna.

I have absolutely no idea how good the software for this RAZRberry may actually be when it is supposedly released towards the end of the year or how good the battery is likely to be in such a small package but the overall design should certainly give palmOne’s team some pause.

It might be just about the right time of year for us to start seeing leaks of our own future Treo which should have all of these and many more features built-in…

The Motorola Franklin… or should we say RAZRberry [Engadget]

[Thanks A. Davis]

Treonauts will always stand above copycats

Posted by Andrew on June 27, 2005 at 02:10 PM

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by SamK | Jun 27, 2005 10:24:58 PM

320x240 is actually 25% smaller than 320x320.
(320x320 is 33% bigger.)

And 64 mm - 59 mm = 5 mm (or 0.5 cm)

by Andrew | Jun 28, 2005 6:16:38 AM

SamK - Thanks, my quick maths obviously need revising...

Cheers, A.

by Tony | Jun 28, 2005 12:08:00 PM

I read that initial specs don't include WiFi...seems like a major oversight.

by Andrew | Jun 28, 2005 12:17:25 PM

Tony - probably a way to keep it slim and the battery going beyond just a couple of hours. However, a new miniSD WiFi card that I recently saw may work with it.

Cheers, A.

by A. Davis | Jun 28, 2005 12:51:34 PM

That new miniSD card you saw (from Spectec) is just a mockup. I've talked to two intl vendors (the ones that sell the Spectec SD WiFi card [and that supposedly has Palm drivers]) and they say its not on Spectecs available forecast list... a list they release quarterly and that has all products for the upcoming 6 months. We can keep hoping though...

by Tony | Jun 28, 2005 1:50:28 PM

I like the idea of a better camera. Here's hoping the next gen of the Treo has a 2MP (or better) camera. I wouldn't need any other devices...

by Tim | Jun 29, 2005 2:01:13 AM

Why does this "RAZRberry" have practically the same layout as the Treo? Compare the buttons.

by Ant | Jul 7, 2005 12:42:46 PM

Does anyone know if you can listen to mp3's from real player or ptunes on your bluetooth headset? Thats one reason that I got the bluetooth headset. Help!!!

by Dennis - Richmond, VA | Feb 24, 2006 11:49:10 AM

While the "challenger" looks like a real heavy weight... I am concerned also about wheather it has MP3 playback capability. I was drawn to my Treo650 for the touch screen aspect. Does the challenger have these two functions? If not I'll still be looking forward to trading up my 650 for the 700.

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