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Sleek Linux smartphone hits shelves in Beijing

Mar 3, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Motorola's newest Linux-based smartphone reached electronics stores and online retailers in Beijing today. The A1200 is a triband GSM/EDGE phone with a stylish, ultra-slim design. It runs MontaVista Linux on an Intel PXA270 (Bulverde) processor, and has been approved by the FCC for US operation.

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Motorola A1200
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Motorola first announced the A1200 at a January media event in Shanghai that featured fashion designer Vivienne Tam and a crew of Chinese supermodels. Compared with earlier Linux smartphone designs from Motorola, the A1200 has a slimmer, more compact appearance.

Other touted A1200 features include a bluetooth radio, business-card scanner, and a 1.3 megapixel camera mounted just above a mirror, to assist with self-portraits. The phone comes with a full Opera browser, Picsel document viewers, a Java environment for user-installable applications, and Motorola's MotoSync client software.

Additional details on the A1200 Linux smartphone can be found in our original story announcing the A1200.

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