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Motorola ROKR E8 - Future phone

Motorola ROKR E8

Motorola ROKR E8

17 May 2008
Written by Mike Meers

The ROKR brand is alive and kicking with the announcement of the E8 – a hybrid mobile phone and MP3 player. Features include a whopping 2GB of internal memory, 2” TFT LCD display, stereo Bluetooth support and a new technology from Motorola: ModeShift.

ModeShift is technology that recognises the type of application currently in use and presents only the keys necessary to that application. This is achieved by lighting up different sections of the keypad and deactivating certain keys. The feature is particularly useful when using the music player application – all of the numerical keys are “turned off,” and the dedicated music functionality keys light up. Additionally, innovative haptics technology provides tactile response when a virtual key is pressed.

With 2GB of internal shared memory, the RORK E8 has heaps of space for your music collection. If you need more memory, the E8’s microSD memory card slot can support cars of up to 4GB in size.

The ROKR E8’s display is a 240 x 320 pixel and 262,144 colour TFT LCD. With Motorola’s FastScroll navigation wheel it’s easy to scroll through songs, contacts, and images by simply sliding your thumb – all of which look stunning the 2” LCD display.

A 3.5mm headset jack allows you to connect your own standard headphones to the E8, or if wireless is your thing there’s also stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) technology built-in. The music player supports popular formats including MP3, AAC, RealAudio, Microsoft Media Ecosystem for DRM-protected tracks, and more. There’s also a built-in FM stereo radio.

The 2mpx digital camera on the back of the RORK E8 is fairly standard, offering 8x digital zoom, a multi-shot feature, and video capture support.

A full HTML browser is pre-installed, with GPRS and EDGE data protocol supported for packet data connections on 2G networks (where supported).

The Motorola ROKR E8 is expected to hit the market in the very near future.

FYI .:. Motorola ROKR E8
(ETA July 2008 for Australia)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Form factor Slider
Size 115 x 53 x 10.6mm
Weight 100 grams
Display 2.0", 262K colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 970mAh
Talk/usage time* Up to 5 hours*
Standby time* Up to 300 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 and USB version 2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with 8x digital zoom, multi-shot mode and video recording
Data support EDGE, GPRS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Full HTML browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 2GB
Yes, microSD (up to 4GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, and e-mail with T9 predictive text
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB, and RealAudio (RA) v10
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via Nokia PC Suite
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Motorola proprietary UI
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM stereo radio
Windows Media Ecosystem supoort
CrystalTalk technology
ModeShift technology
FastScroll navigation wheel

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

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