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Motorola launched its long-awaited MPx100 Windows Mobile smart phone yesterday, promising to ship the handset by the end of the year.

It also unveiled the MPx, a second Windows Mobile-based device, but one that features not a slick "dual-hinge" clamshell design for a more PDA-style feel but also integrates Wi-Fi.

Despite the wait, the MPx100 is likely to be based on Windows Mobile 2003, due next quarter. It also supports Java apps. The tri-band GSM/GPRS handset also offers infra-red and Bluetooth connectivity. Motorola will be pitching the device as a mobile email reader and will undoubtedly tout its web and instant messaging features.

The phone boasts a 1.3 megapixel digicam with 3x zoom. An SD Card slot provides room for memory expansion - up to 512MB, Motorola said. A memory card can also store songs for the phone's built-in MP3 utility to play. The handset contains 64MB of on-board Flash ROM.

Other accessories include a plug-on micro keyboard and a GPS module, Motorola said.

The MPx also runs Windows Mobile 2003 and offers similar connectivity and camera features as the MPx100. It too has an SD Card, though one capable of taking a 1GB card. And the device provides a further level of wireless Net access, courtesy of an integrated 802.11b WLAN adaptor.

The handset opens like a standard clamshell phone to reveal a 2.8in 240 x 320 touch-sensitive screen - there's a built-in stylus - and a QWERTY micro keyboard. However, the screen can also be opened out using a second hinge placed at 90° to the other, allowing the screen and keyboard to be used in 'landscape' mode, the better to use the device as a PDA.

Pricing for either model was not disclosed since it ultimately depends on the operator. But the company didn't list any network providers who have committed themselves to offering the MPx100 or the MPx, either.

Update: Here's our hands on. ®

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