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Motorola and Microsoft unveil slim Windows smartphone

But Apple deal still unclear

Motorola unveiled a slim smartphone with a qwerty keyboard and Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 at its analyst conference on Monday night, but details of the company's mobile music deal with Apple Computer have yet to emerge.

The Q smartphone has a design similar to the popular Razr clamshell phone, though without a hinge, and should ship in the first quarter of next year. It will include Bluetooth, a one-handed navigation thumbwheel and a 1.3Mp (megapixel) camera with flash.

The salesforces of both Motorola and Microsoft will market the handset to enterprises.

At last year’s conference Motorola announced that consumers would be able to download music to its phones via a mobile version of iTunes in the first half of 2005, but that offering has yet to hit the market. Motorola CEO Ed Zander tried to reassure analysts that this is still in the pipeline.

"We're not going to launch the iTunes phone today," Zander said. “Steve Jobs is not going to jump out of a cake, and we're not going to launch it tomorrow... but it's real and it's happening. Stay tuned for iTunes."


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