Motorola Set to Release Motorola Q Next Week

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Motorola Q Blackberry 8700
Motorola’s “Q” another Blackberry competitor is finally nearing its launch date. The phone was announced in Q3 of 2005, but has been MIA ever since. The latest reports peg its release for April of this year for Verizon networks.

The Motorola Q is based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, has a 2.4″ color screen, Bluetooth, built-in 1.3 megapixel digital camera, audio (iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, QCELP) and video (H.263, MPEG-4, GSM-AMR, AAC, WMV) playback and features a QWERTY keyboard with thumbwheel.

There’s no denying this is a beautiful piece of hardware, it even includes a thumbwheel which is the first competing Blackberry device to do so, which we’re not too sure how Motorola overcame the patents for that. Expect more of these types of announcements as companies aim to dethrown RIM’s dominance of the wireless email market.