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Motorola RAZR2 V8
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Motorola RAZR2 V8

18 May 2007
Written by David Hall

At last, we have it – the RAZR2! The RAZR2 is the next generation of the RAZR line, not just another rebadged version in a new form factor. The new line has a range of upgraded features – the V8 sports dual 262k colour displays, 2mpx digital camera, Bluetooth, USB, and up to 2GB of shared internal memory all in the super-thin RAZR clam shell form factor.

The V8 measures 103 x 53 x 11.9mm, so it’s thinner than the original RAZR V3 which was released more than two years ago. The front of the V8 houses a massive 2.0” TFT LCD which is capable of up to 262,144 colours. The resolution is 320 x 240 pixels, and the display will be used heavily when listening to music on the RAZR2 V8, as it can be used as the sole interface to the music player.

The internal LCD is just a little larger than the external one, at 2.2”. It has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 262,144 colours. This V8 completely destroys the stereotype of external LCD’s being much smaller than internal LCDs!

The RAZR2 V8 is powered by a 500MHz processor, and comes in two variations - a 500MB (420MB available to end user) and a 2GB version. It’s not yet confirmed which versions (or if both) will make it to Australia, but here’s to hoping we get the 2GB version! There is no external memory card support on the V8, which is a little disappointing. The RAZR V8 uses Motorola’s new Linux-based operating system – finally!

For multimedia, the V8 has Windows Media Player Mobile 11 pre-installed. The handset also supports stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) for use with compatible accessories. There is a stereo loudspeaker for sharing your music, and the sales package includes a stereo headset. With high speed USB 2.0, transferring multimedia files to the V8 is a breeze.

The fixed-focus 2mpx camera is located above the external LCD on the front of the handset. It is capable of shooting still images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, and also has support for ACIF resolution video recording up to 120 minutes. It comes with all the usual trimmings, including a multi-shot mode. There is no flash, however.

The V8 supports GPRS and EDGE packet data connectivity, and includes the full HTML compatible Opera 8.5 web browser. The handset also has blogging for video and images built directly into the operating system.

The expected release data of the RAZR2 V8 is July, so there’s not much of a wait at all!

FYI .:. Motorola Motorola RAZR2 V8
(ETA 3rd quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Clamshell
Size 103 x 53 x 11.9 mm
Weight n/a^
Display External: 2.0” TFT LCD @ 320 x 240 pixels and 262,144 colours
Internal: 2.2” TFT LCD @ 320 x 240 pixels and 262,144 colours
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 770mAh
Talk/usage time* TBA
Standby time* TBA
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0, USB 2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video recording and 8x digital zoom
Data support EDGE, GPRS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Opera 8.5 Web browser (full HTML support)
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 500MB or 2GB
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging with T9 predictive text
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3 ringing tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via Motorola Phone Tools software
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Motorola proprietary (Linux-based)
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Super-thin design
Windows Media Player 11 with Janus DRM

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

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