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Motorola W161 - Future phone

Motorola W161

Motorola W161

18 February 2008
Written by David Hall

The Motorola W161 is an even simpler version of the W181, both of which were announced at the World Mobile Conference 2008 in Spain over the past few days. Motorola have slimmed down the W161 and provided users a handset that mimics what mobile phones once were – mobile phones.

With a 128 x 128 pixel black and white screen, users will have no trouble seeing text messages and phone numbers on the W161’s display.

Just like the W181, the W161 has Motorola’s CrystalTalk technology which attempts to provide clearer communication in a noisy environment by cancelling out extra noise. The W161’s battery should provide the handset with approximately 590 minutes of talk time, or up to 465 hours of standby time.

Available in a GSM 900/1800MHz or GSM 850/1900MHz model, the W161 is suited to the region is was purchased in and offers little roaming capabilities.

SMS messaging is supported, with iTap predictive text dictionaries and support for Hinglish messages – messages which contain both English and Hindi text. Up to 60 SMS messages can be stored on the W161, which has a grand total of 20KB memory. 200 contacts can be stored in the internal phonebook.

Due to the limited memory size, transferring files from a PC or other device is not supported. There is a USB (version 1.1) port however, which is used only for charging the handset. Motorola have bundled three games, a currency converter, calculator, 10 iMelody ring tones, and 10 32-chord polyphonic ring tones, though.

The W161 is expected to be available for purchase almost immediately.

FYI .:. Motorola W161
(ETA 1st quarter of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800MHz or
2G: GSM 850/1900MHz
Form factor Standard
Size 114 x 43 x 14 mm
Weight 85 grams
Display 128 x 128 pixel black and white LCD
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 590 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 465 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options USB 1.1 (charging only)
Camera support None
Data support None
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications None
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 20kb
Not supported
Messaging capabilities SMS messaging with iTap predictive text dictionaries and Hinglish (Hindi & English combined text messaging) support
Ringing tones 10 iMelody ring tones and 10 32-chord polyphonic ring tones
Synchronisation with PC No
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0^
Java MIDP 2.0^
Motorola proprietary user interface
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Stereo FM radio with "enhanced radio interface"
CrystalTalk technology
Support for 7 African languages in the UI
Pre-installed games (3), currency converter, and calculator

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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