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Motorola V3i - Future phone

Motorola V3i

Motorola V3i

30 November 2005
Written by Mike Meers

The V3i is one of the latest in the expanding line of RAZR handsets from Motorola. The RAZR V3i builds on what the original V3 started, except brings some new features to the playground too. To start off with there’s the 1.23mpx digital camera, MicroSD memory card support, iTunes media player, 262k colour internal display and 65k colour external display, and even aeroplane mode.

The original V3 only had a VGA digital camera, which a lot of people saw as a big downside to the handset. The V3i changes all this, incorporating a 1.23mpx digital camera which can capture images at a humongous 1280 x 960 pixel resolution. The camera has 8x digital zoom, video capture and the camera application makes use of the whole display to show the amazing quality of images.

Speaking of the display, the V3i has a 65,536 colour 100 x 86 pixel LCD outside, and a 262,144 colour TFT LCD display inside. The internal display supported full screen wallpapers and screensavers, and the external display can also display a personalized wallpaper, as well as the vital information about the state of the handset like battery and reception.

In terms of the design, Motorola have kept with the original V3 style and managed to make the handset only 14mm thin! The entire case is made from steel grey anodized aluminium, and the keypad is a nickel-plated copper-alloy sheet with chemically etched buttons and illumination panel.

The V3i comes with two multimedia applications; iTunes (the second handset with such functionality, the first being the soon-to-be-reviewed ROKR E1), and Motorola’s own Digital Audio Music Player. It’s not yet known what the first will offer over the second, but time will tell. We do know that the V3i supports both polyphonic and MP3 ring tones, though. With the MicroSD (TransFlash) memory card support you’re going to be able to cram the handset with your favourite images and tunes.

A miniUSB port has made its way onto the V3i, and the Motorola press release says that the port will also be used to connect a stereo headset to the handset with. Bluetooth v1.1 is included for connectivity with audio headsets, printers, and much more.

The V3i is quad-band, supporting the four GSM network bands used all over the planet. You’ll never be unable to roam on foreign networks when you go overseas, and during the plane trip you can still make use of the great functions of the V3i with the aeroplane mode. The aeroplane mode turns off all radio activity, so the phone is perfectly safe to use other functions like the media player, read downloaded messages, watch video clips and so forth.

Word is that the V3i will be here by early next year, along with the brand new V3 special pink edition! Find some detailed specifications below.

FYI .:. Motorola V3i
(ETA 1st quarter 2006)

Basic specifications
Network system GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
Form factor Clamshell
Size 98 x 53 x 13.9 mm
Weight 95 grams
Display External: 65,536 colours LCD @ 100 x 80 pixels
Internal: 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 176 x 220 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 750mAh
Talk/usage time* n/a^
Standby time* n/a^
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth, USB data cable
Camera support 1.23mpx digital camera with video recording and 8x digital zoom
Data support GPRS (Class 10)
Exchangeable covers n/a
Internet applications WAP 2.0 browser and SCREEN3
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, MicroSD Transflash memory card
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, IM, e-mail with iTap
Ringing tones Polyphonic ring tone, MP3
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Motorola proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Steel grey anodized aluminium shell
Chemical-etched keypad
iTunes music player

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


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