Motorola's booth featured a few new handsets and accessories which were displayed at eye level as well as in glass display boxes embedded in the show floor. The MOTORAZR maxx Ve is a Verizon-bound clamshell that packs a plethora of features into Moto's iconic RAZR-thin profile.
Featuring a 2mp camera, music player with external touch controls, EV-DO and GPS/LBS (location based services) connectivity, and Stereo Bluetooth, the RAZR maxx should take its place amongst Verizon's high-end multimedia phones in the next month or two. I love seeing some new technology packed into the popular RAZR form factor, but wonder if some Verizon users might find the RAZR maxx a bit confusing at first - it definitely looked and felt a bit more "geeky" than the original RAZR.
Moto also showed the recently released to T-Mobile RIZR Z3 slider as well as two new sliders: the MOTOROKR Z6m and Z8. The Z6m is a media-centric handset featuring a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, Stereo Bluetooth connectivity, and a 2mp camera, while the Z8 features a unique curved profile that flexes to better fit the user's facial contours while in use. The Z8 also runs Symbian OS and is capable of widescreen video playback in horizontal (landscape) orientation. Whlie the Z8 isn't destined for a US release at this point, I definitely recommend checking it out if you can.
I'm not necessarily sold on the curved slider, but I loved seeing Symbian on a sleek, media-centric handset. The display and UI looked great, and I was very impressed with the video playback demos I saw. Speaking of operating systems, the Linux-based ROKR e6 touchscreen phone was also on display. Moto was also showing a line of entry-level handsets, the W series, which are modeled after the KRZR and SCPL phones but designed to bring some bling to customers at a lower cost of ownership. These phones looked and felt great, and only hardcore phone geeks would be able to tell the difference between a KRZR and w395 at first glance. And not to be left out, Motorola had a few new accessories making the rounds, including the ROKR S9 stereo bluetooth headset and the impossibly small H9 and H680 mono bluetooth earpieces.