Motorola Grasp eco-friendly phone announced

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 10:38 by Tech Correspondent

Motorola is going eco-friendly with its latest mobile phone Grasp WX404

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Photo: Motorola Grasp WX404 eco-friendly phone

The phone’s body is said to be made of recyclable material. There is no BFR or PCV – eco unfriendly polymers – in the material of the phone, and the housing of the phone is 100 % recycleable. Price of the Motorola Grasp 404 has not been revealed yet.

The Motorola Grasp, to be launched in the third quarter of 2010, follows the release of two mobile handsets from the company called Rambler and Bali. Both the Motorola Rambler and Bali have been launched in the US and are being sold bundled with Sprint mobile connections. They are both mid-range smartphones for people who send and receive a lot of SMS messages.

Motorola Grasp specs

The Grasp is also a smartphone with a QWERTY keypad and 2.2 inch 220X176 QCIF+65K TFT display that shows 65 thousand colours. It has a 1.3 mega pixel camera with digital zoom. The phone can be used to playback pictures as well as videos. The photos and videos, of course, won’t be high-resolution or top quality with the 1.3 MP camera, but the price is unlikely to hurt when announced. The Blackberry-like looks of the phone should appeal to many. The phone has a green cover, typical of other eco-friendly phones.

The Motorola Grasp connects via CDMA 800/1900, AWS 1700/2100, CDMA 1x and EVDO networks.  It also supports GPS, stereo Bluetooth 2.1 and has a 3.5 mm USB slot. The Grasp will probably be compatible with Verizon Sprint or smaller service networks such as MetroPCS since it supports the AWS band.

The Grasp has GPS and users can easily access the phonebook and email entries via the home screen. It is also possible to view SMS messages in strings that combine correspondences with particular numbers, in a way similar to instant messages and Gmail.

For music and videos, the Grasp has a multimedia player that plays AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, MIDI, MP3 and WMA v10 formats. The phone also has a 3.5mm audio jack. Its storage memory can be expanded to 8GB via microSD and microSDHC cards.

This new eco-friendly phone from Motorola weighs 105 gm and measures 2.4 inch X 3.7 inch X 0.51 inch. It has a 950 mAH battery, which is said to support talk time of about 5.3 hours and standby time of up to 17.9 days.

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