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Motorola's intros non-3G BlackBerry-style smartphone

A phone, with a real keypad

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You may feel like most phone manufacturers have ditched physical keypads in favour of touchscreens. But Motorola has bucked the trend and launched a BlackBerry-esque button-based phone.

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Motorola's Q11:

The Moto Q11 is designed for anyone who wants a fully featured smartphone and the advantages associated with a physical Qwerty keypad, such as faster emailing and texting.

When you take a break from the keypad though, you’ll be able to chat with work mates and friends over quad-band GPRS/GSM/Edge. Although it supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connections, surfing away from a wireless network will be somewhat tiresome because the Q11 doesn’t support HSDPA or even 3G.

For a business-oriented phone, the Q11 actually has a fairly decent multimedia set-up. It can handle a whole host of audio formats, including MP3 and AAC, and also recognises several video formats. Content’s viewed on a 2.4in screen.

A three-megapixel shooter with LED flash and 8x zoom is built into the rear. Pictures, videos and music can be stored on Micro SD cards of up to 32GB, but the phone has a 128MB internal Flash memory.

Topping off the list of features available on the Windows Mobile 6.1 handset are Assisted GPS, a micro USB port and Bluetooth. You’ll get up to 450 minutes of emailing pleasure from the phone, or it’ll standby for up to 196 hours, Motorola claims

Motorola’s Q11 phone is expected to land in Europe in December, but a price hasn’t been tapped in yet.

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