On the 26th of last month we announce the Rumour of the VE66 from Motorola and yesterday it all came true.
Picture This: Motorola Announces MOTO VE66, Delivering Crystal Clear Calls, Brilliant Images and Pin-Sharp Music
MOTO VE66 sports audio-enhancing CrystalTalk™ technology and the first widget integration on a Motorola mobile device
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Nov. 18, 2008 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the arrival of MOTO VE66 with enhanced CrystalTalk™ audio technology, a 5-megapixel camera and MP3 player-like navigation for a 1-2-3 punch of great call quality, sharp pictures and an enjoyable music experience. The sleek, slider device also boasts the first widgets integration on a Motorola mobile device, which means you receive easier, more seamless access to what matters most – whether you crave sports scores, stock tickers or RSS feeds from your favorite blogs.
“The MOTO VE66 delivers on consumer’s demand for more personalized listening and imaging experiences on a mobile phone,” said Tracey Koziol, corporate vice president, Mobile Devices, Motorola. “With a diverse multi-media experience, the VE66 truly enables you to make a statement and express yourself on your terms.”
Hear and Be Heard
MOTO VE66 amplifies your conversations and helps reduce background noise with enhanced CrystalTalk technology, so virtually nothing comes between you and your calls. From more superior voice quality to personalized noise adaptation, CrystalTalk makes a noticeable difference in the clarity and intelligibility of conversations while in a noisy environment. VE66 further enhances the audio quality with the addition of a second microphone, which helps eliminate more ambient background noise from the call.
Click and Capture Like a Pro
MOTO VE66 captures crisp and clear images with ease, bringing out the inner photographer in everyone. The VE66 contains a number of features that you might expect to find on a dedicated digital camera. Pressing a dedicated camera key, the VE66 will quickly auto focus, activate an LED flash, if necessary, stabilize the image and reduce red eye – all to help to ensure that shots are of the highest print quality. Automatic color saturation delivers whiter whites, crisper blacks and colors true to life. Use the device’s landscape feature to view photos on the brilliant color display as desired.
Quickly Connect to Your Music and Web Updates
MOTO VE66 takes you where you want to go with the FastScroll™ one-touch navigation wheel which allows you to breeze through menus and content with speed and accuracy. And that’s not all that’s fast. The MP3 player with USB 2.0 enables high-speed access to data and downloads on your PC while the Wi-Fi connectivity makes browsing the Internet or sharing photos, audio or video files with friends a cinch1. And with integrated FM radio with RDS2 – to help you "name that tune" – you can discover new music while you’re in motion.
Get access to real-time information such as weather, sports scores, stock tickers, flight information, social media and news headlines with pre-loaded and downloadable1 widgets on MOTO VE66, the first widget integration on a Motorola phone.
Calling All Developers
Motorola today also announced the MOTODEV Widget Developer Challenge, a competition that allows developers around the globe to deliver the Web without limits to mobile users. Challenge entries will be accepted until Feb. 27, 2009 in three main categories including Best Widget in Category, Best Local Content and Best Use of APIs, and judged in their relevant subcategory. For more information and the official competition rules, please visit: developer.motorola.com/widgetchallenge.
MOTO VE66 is expected to be available Q4 2008. For more information on technical specs, please visit www.motorola.com/motoinfo.
The VE66 is a sleek slider phone with a 5-megapixel camera and a host of miscellaneous multimedia features crammed into it. It boasts of Motorola’s new enhanced "Crystal Talk" facility. According to the company, "CrystalTalk makes a noticeable difference in the clarity and intelligibility of conversations in a noisy environment." The phone also enhances the audio quality with the addition of a second microphone, which helps to eliminate ambient background noise.
The phone sports a Freescale SCM-A11 processor clocked at a reasonable 500Mhz – which should ensure zippy performance. It will also run on Linux OS Montavista v2.6.10, thereby earning itself a "smartphone" tag. The 5-megapixel camera is without the "Kodak" branding, which the ZN5 has, but it looks like a similar unit. Video recording at QVGA resolution is supported, and yes, there is Bluetooth 2.0 support with A2DP. Another "unique" feature, according to Motorola, is the FastScroll touch-sensitive navigation wheel, which allows users to browse through menus and content with improved speed and accuracy.
Other notable features include WLAN support and integrated FM Radio with RDS.
The VE66 is the first to have widget integration on a Motorola mobile device with a host of pre-loaded widgets, which enables the user to look up the latest happenings around the globe, be it market news or the latest sports headlines. The screen is a 2.2-inch 240 320 affair, which is acceptable by today’s standards.
With an internal memory of 110 MB, it does need external storage. The phone supports microSD cards. Available in 2 versions – one with UMTS/3G capability and another a Chinese GSM only version. Both are expected to be out this quarter, worldwide.
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