“Motorola is set to go after the market that Apple has broken open with its iPod handheld digital music player. Motorola Chief Brand Officer Geoffrey Frost on Monday demonstrated the E398–a compact cell phone outfitted with stereo speakers, a digital camera and removable memory–at M.I.T.’s Designing Bits & Pieces Conference in Cambridge, Mass. The conference, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association, focuses on work being done at M.I.T.’s Consumer Electronics Lab,” Steven Burke reports for CRN.
“The E398 is slated to begin shipping this summer, according to Frost. T-Mobile plans to market the E398 in Europe this fall, and Motorola is still talking to carriers about offering the product in the United States, he said. Pricing hasn’t been finalized,” Burke reports. “‘It’s sort of a mini iPod that makes phone calls,’ said Frost, who was wearing the E398 around his neck during his presentation and demonstrated the unit’s stereo capability. ‘It’s pretty cool,’ he added.”
Burke reports, “Frost positioned the E398 as a complement to the iPod. ‘I love my iPod,’ he said. ‘It has everything I own on it musically, and I do take it with me sometimes. I always have this [E398] with me.’ Motorola plans to release another cell-phone/iPod device at the end of this year that also plays video, in addition to the E398’s other features, Frost said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Rumors say that Apple’s iPod mini form factor may be able to be snapped into a cell phone device in the future. It would be nice to combine two devices hanging from our belts (iPod and cell phone) into one, wouldn’t it?