Motorola rumored to have killed the Alexander, scale back shipments of the MOTOSURF

By on March 24, 2009 at 5:57 PM.

Motorola rumored to have killed the Alexander, scale back shipments of the MOTOSURF

Not that anyone ever really spent sleepless nights longing for it, but it might upset a few Motorola fans to know that DigiTimes is reporting that the Motorola Alexander has been scrapped. The Alexander, for those who don’t recall, was said to be a Windows Mobile device that featured a vertically-sliding QWERTY keypad, an 8 megapixel camera and an NVIDIA graphics chip that was rumored to be more than adept at spitting out 3D graphics. In other Moto news, the same source is saying that shipments of the MOTOSURF have been scaled back due to a decision to limit the markets in which the device is available. Another one bites the dust…

[Via WMExperts]

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Hello Moto? MWC 2009 edition

By on February 19, 2009 at 9:39 AM.

Hello Moto? MWC 2009 edition

You wouldn’t know it from coverage of this year’s MWC in Barcelona but Motorola actually is hiding in a booth at the show. No, really. Truth be told it’s a great-looking booth with a new layout, shiny new graphics and an attention-grabbing design. So what did Moto bring to show off in Barcelona? A diamond-crusted Aura, a whole bunch of Wi-Fi and LTE networking equipment and a handful of already-announced handsets. In other words, its mobile business is struggling, to say the least, and the one new handset Motorola launched at the biggest mobile show of the year is a $7,000+ phone, 50 of which will be manufactured and maybe 15 of which will actually be purchased. Strategy at its finest.

We know Motorola has some exciting new kit coming out in 2009. We scooped a whole bunch of sexy new handsets late last year – a couple of which we’re now hearing will pack Android. “Plan ahead.” The company’s mobile business is becoming less significant by the second so if you were in Moto’s shoes, wouldn’t you want to make a splash at MWC? Maybe you’d pull a Sony Ericcson and do what it did early in the Xperia X1′s life. Show it off but don’t let people touch it. Do something… Anything… Get people talking about Moto and perhaps even a tiny bit excited about an upcoming Motorola phone. But alas – unless you’ve got $7,000 and a penchant for gaudy gear or an engineering degree and a penchant for infrastructure, you can move right along. Nothing more to see here.

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Motorola announces three new handsets, one you might care about

By on January 6, 2009 at 9:13 AM.

Motorola announces three new handsets, one you might care about

Motorola took the wraps off three of its latest handsets early this morning, though as is often the case for the struggling handset maker – the wraps were hardly on. The first handset, Renew W233, was first leaked some time ago and fully uncovered last week. We know it’s coming to T-Mobile early next month and judging from the response the handset has received thus far, few will be waiting for its arrival. The second handset, Tundra VA76r, was revealed on its way to AT&T back in December and also sparked little interest. Those with a unique need for a rugged handset may find it interesting but it’ll hardly be jumping off AT&T’s shelves to start the new year. Finally, we have the SURF A3100, which you might recognize by its codename “Atila”. Yep, we pretty much scooped it like a sundae back in August and while it hardly received the reception of it’s soon-to-be-announced QWERTY brother Alexander, it is a sexy little handset provided you can see your way past the stylus. The SURF is no slouch, boasting tri-band 3G, a 3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, aGPS and more, but it’s hard to get excited about it when we’ve already moved on to anticipate the flurry of handsets we scooped last month. Hit the jump for press shots of the Tundra and Renew.

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