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By Jeremy Horwitz

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Published: Sunday, July 17, 2005
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If we were betting, notes Larry, we would put a lot of money on this - the new Motorola RAZR V3x - to be one of the iPod/iTunes phones. Why? Other than one fact, it just makes sense.

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Start with the core iPod-ready feature set: the great RAZR phone body most people dig, combined with what looks to be white glossy plastic and the latest in Motorola technology. There’s support for TransFlash/MicroSD memory cards (512MB - just enough for 100 iPod songs), wireless stereo Bluetooth sound (which in a perfect world would mean compatibility with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, conveniently supported in new Macs), and playback of AAC+ and MP3 audio files.

Then there’s the other, non-iPod stuff people would want from a next-generation phone - a 2 megapixel camera, 3D gaming, realtime two-way video conferencing, MPEG4/movie/media support, and simple web browsing. It just all seems “right,” especially considering the oddball appearance of a RAZR-esque icon in iTunes 4.9 mentioned on the site some time ago.

The one fact that wouldn’t make sense, of course, is that there’s a photo and announcement of the phone on Motorola’s site already, and no announcement from Apple. If this was an iTunes phone, particularly a premium one, we’d have expected the cat to remain in the bag until… well, a week or day before the “expected to be available in Q4 2005” date. Larry’s guess: contrary to all the rumors out there, Apple is going to hold off on doing an iTunes phone until after the fifth-generation iPod launch, and then do this, because it’s “right.” Then all Motorola phones released thereafter will be iTunes-ready. Quite a guess, but here’s hoping. It would be a hell of a lot better than launching that atrocious Xbox phone. We’ll obviously have to just wait and see.

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I would have thought the aluminium finish on the ‘normal’ RAZR is nicer than the white iPodesque one, but I’m hoping that this phone doesn’t appear as I’ve only just got my RAZR with it’s paltry 5Mb internal memory grin

They (Moto) had better do something about the slow-as GUI, unless they’ve give that to Apple to sort out..!!

We shall see….

Posted by yinyang on July 18, 2005 at 4:35 AM (PDT)

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When Moto released the first information about the phone they showed it off in a sexy black unit with a Cingular logo on the front of it. So it looks like (as with the RAZR) we the people will have the freedom to choose.

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000687046729/

Posted by Dutch on July 18, 2005 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

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hopefully it wil be out by december cuz ill be getttin ugrade by then from cingular so lets hope maybe i can get it for free or discount

Posted by BIGP in Texas on July 21, 2005 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

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Just read this over at mobiletracker:

Motorola RAZR V3x not US bound
Jul 18 2005 - 07:49 PM ET | Motorola
RUMOR UPDATE—Word started flying yesterday about a US version of the Motorola V1150 called the RAZR V3x. Motorola has confirmed to MobileTracker that “RAZR V3x” is simply a new name for the existing V1150 and the phone will not be released in the US.

http://www.mobiletracker.net/archives/2005/07/18/motorola_razr_v.php

Posted by sean on July 21, 2005 at 10:24 PM (PDT)

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pies

Posted by galla on March 6, 2006 at 12:47 PM (PDT)

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where can you get this color V3x to buy?

Posted by unknown on May 5, 2006 at 6:40 PM (PDT)

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