Motorola has announced the Motorola A780, a converged device offering EDGE coupled with the open environment of Java + Linux. EDGE is an evolution of GPRS, and improves speed by increasing the data transmission by using a method called Eight Phase Shift Keying (8PSK). It also provides link adaptation, meaning that connections can speed up or slow down depending on the radio conditions. Overall you can expect EDGE to be up to three times faster than current GPRS connections (read our review of AT&T EDGE).
The company says the A780 is designed to offer a rich end-user mobile experience that includes intense mobile office connectivity plus multi-media entertainment. It combines the ideal features of a mobile phone with the capabilities of personal digital assistant (PDA), digital camera, video player, and MP3 player packaged in one compact device featuring a 240 x 320 color touch screen and quad-band technology.
To support the business-side of life, the A780 harnesses the power of EDGE which offers increased efficiency and network speed (up to three times faster than wired dial-up), enabling consumers to download more content, faster. It features Bluetooth wireless technology to allow for virtually instant wire-free connection between devices and the MOTOSYNC over-the-air synchronization solution for hassle-free coordination of corporate e-mail, calendar and contacts.
Built on an open Java + Linux platform, the A780 can also accommodate the coolest applications from games to productivity tools. Motorola launched the world’s first handset built on Java + Linux, the A760, last year. The new A780, along with the recently released E680, further the company’s commitment to making the Linux operating system a key pillar of its handset software strategy.
“As consumers’ work, home and social lives continue to converge, they need a device that will help them move seamlessly from one world to the next,” said Rob Shaddock, corporate vice president and general manager, GSM/TDMA Products, Motorola, Inc. “The Motorola A780 provides that link by delivering on all fronts -- as an office companion, entertainment source and design icon. The ability to view Microsoft Office applications, manage schedules and contacts via MOTOSYNC, capture and share streaming video and utilize groundbreaking EDGE and Bluetooth wireless technologies make the model A780 a true must-have.”
The phone comes with software for Viewing PDF attachments, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It also comes with a built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera, video recording and playback, integrated MP3 player with enhanced sound and up to 48MB of removable TransFlash memory as well as multi-media messaging service (MMS) for sharing video, animations, photos and music with family and friends.
The Motorola A780 is expected to be available in Q4 2004.