On the one hand, this is a China-only release for now. On the other hand, the MING series has always been one of MOTO's most interesting lines, and there have been rumors lately about a US-bound MING later this year. So I think it's worth a mention: Motorola unleashed the MING A1600 and A1800 along with the MOTO A810 today.
Excerpt from the press release:
BEIJING, China ? 8 July 2008 ? Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in mobile communications, today launched in China the latest members of its popular PDA series ? MING A1600, MING A1800 and MOTO A810. The highly-anticipated next generation MING A1600 and A1800, both of which feature stand-alone GPS and a full-package of productivity and multimedia functions, along with the chic entry-level MOTO A810 further expand Motorola's line of PDA handsets and will continue the company's leadership in China's PDA handset market.
?As the next generation of our MING range, the A1600 and A1800 combine Motorola's long heritage in the PDA market with stylish design and innovative technology, delivering a personal productivity experience that has been tailored to the needs of the busy Chinese executive,? said Ray Yam, Vice President and General Manager, Motorola Mobile Devices, China. ?The A810, meanwhile, adds new energy and style to Motorola's PDA series - it is ideal for those young professionals who are looking to work hard and play hard, thanks to the multi-functional and fully-featured set of tools we have included.?
From the world's first pen-based PDA, the Motorola A6188, to the breakthrough MING, and now today's A1600, A1800 and A810, Motorola's PDA devices were conceived, designed, developed, and manufactured here in China. So far, more than eight million Motorola pen-based PDA handsets have been sold in China.
Adopting the unique MING design language, MING A1600 and A1800 feature MING's distinctive signature transparent flip cover, while inside their sleek and compact bodies lie a powerful package that includes stand-alone GPS, Motorola's industry-leading smart handwriting technology and a wide range of productivity tools. The A1600 is also equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and panorama capability and a camera scan talking dictionary, while the A1800 supports CDMA/GSM dual-mode dual standby, integrated incoming call/SMS firewall and a 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera.