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CES: Moto's Slim RIM Killer?

LAS VEGAS -- Consumer Electronics Show -- What will the best dressed execs be wearing this year? If Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) gets its way, it may be the company's slinky new Q series smartphone.

Motorola was demonstrating the phone last night at CES. The handset has a QWERTY keypad but is still slimmer than Motorola's popular RAZR phone.

But for enterprise users what's inside might be what counts, for the Q looks to be Motorola's attempt at a Blackberry killer. The Q, like the new Treo 700 smartphone, uses the Windows Mobile OS from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). The device also has a full suite of MS Office applications onboard, including Outlook email, which can be wirelessly synchronized with an Exchange 2003 server.

Motorola says that such integration will help to reduce corporate IT costs.

The 3G CDMA phone is expected to be available in the first quarter of this year. There is no word on pricing yet.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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