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Motorola Releases Touchscreen Linux Smartphone

The Moto A810 entry-level smartphone features Bluetooth capabilities, handwriting recognition, and a multimedia player.


Motorola's Moto A810 Smartphone

The Linux-based smartphone features Bluetooth capabilities, handwriting recognition, and a multimedia player.
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Motorola introduced Wednesday a touchscreen handset that's aimed at young mobile professionals looking for their first smartphone.

The Moto A810 is not as powerful as the updates to the company's Ming line, but it should still have enough features for the workers on the go.

The Linux-powered handset has a sleek candy-bar form factor, and the 2.2-inch touchscreen with 240 by 320 resolution. The included stylus can be used with the built-in handwriting recognition software. The smartphone will also come preloaded with stock trading and dictionary applications, and it's capable of receiving corporate e-mail.

Users will be able to surf the Web on an integrated Opera browser, but this device cannot access 3G networks. Instead, the handset uses EDGE data for browsing and retrieving e-mails, with a top downlink speed of 236.8 Kbps.

The smartphone will have a microUSB port for transferring files, and the internal storage can be expanded via the microSD slot. Motorola's handset will also have built-in hands free controls.

To help balance work with fun, this smartphone has an integrated music and video player. There's a built-in FM radio, and a standard audio output jack. There will also be a 2-megapixel camera on board that can shoot photos and videos.

The handset measures in at 4.1 by 2 by .5 inches, weighs 10 ounces, and will come in black or white. The A810 is currently available in China, and the company did not say how much it would cost or if it would debut in other markets.

Note: We have corrected the weight of the phone.

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