Motorola announces GRASP WX404, going to MetroPCS in Q3

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Remember the Motorola WX404 we've seen 10 days ago at the FCC's website? Well, it has been officially announced by the American handset maker and it's now one step closer to MetroPCS. From the press release, we learn it will start selling at some point in the third quarter, though we don't have the exact date – guess MetroPCS will have to cover that front.

Specs wise, we're talking about an entry-level QWERTY phone that seems ideal for first time phone buyers who like texting a lot. The support for threaded messaging is built-in and I assume there's also some IM client pre-installed.

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Rest of the specs include a 2.2-inch 220—176 pixels display, CDMA/EVDO/AWS 3G radio, 1.3-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, 950 mAH battery, email client, music player and a microSD memory card slot. What's more, the device is "BFR and PCV free with a housing that is 100% recyclable at end of life," making it also an eco-friendly choice.

Price has not been unveiled, though I doubt the GRASP costs more than $100 (possibly even less) on a contract.

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Press Release

Staying in touch has never been easier with Motorola GRASP. Providing convenient and organized messaging with advanced contact search and a large QWERTY keyboard, GRASP keeps you connected, assuring you'll retain your social butterfly status.  GRASP also keeps you environmentally responsible with a recyclable eco design so you'll feel good about how you hold your conversations.

Type, Talk, Done
Motorola GRASP takes hold of your contacts and messages and makes them easily accessible, right from your home screen.  Spend less time digging through contacts to find the people you want to talk to.  Advanced contact search makes finding phone numbers and emails addresses easy and the QWERTY tablet design fits comfortably in pocket or purse. Threaded messaging helps keep track of your conversations, allowing you to read the trail of previous text messages, similar to instant messaging.

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Eco Conscious
GRASP is the newest device from Motorola to give back to the environment. Featuring eco design elements, Motorola GRASP is BFR and PCV free with a housing that is 100% recyclable at end of life.

Entertain Yourself
Motorola GRASP features multimedia options that are sure to keep you entertained between calls.  A 1.3MP camera with digital zoom and fixed focus captures random moments as they happen.  And with video capture and playback you can also capture movies.  For non-stop music lovers, GRASP has a built-in MP3 player and a 3.5 mm headset jack along with Bluetooth1 wireless capabilities so you can listen to music plugged in or wirelessly. Store all your music and photos directly on the device, with GRASP's expandable memory of up to 8 GB.

Motorola GRASP
Talk and Standby Time2(up to): 5.3 hrs / 17.9 days
Bands/ModesCDMA 800/1900, AWS 1700/2100, CDMA 1x, EVDO
Weight3.7 ounces/105 grams
Dimensions2.4 inches x 3.7 inches by 0.51 inches/61 mm x 94 mm x 13 mm
Battery950 mAH Li-Ion
ConnectivityStereo Bluetooth® 2.1, 3.5 mm, USB 2.0, FS, FOTA, Mobile Phone Tools
DisplayMain 2.2-inch, 220 X 176 QCIF+ 65K TFT
MessagingMMS, SMS, Email
AudioMP3 player, AAC,  AAC+,  AAC+ Enhanced,  MIDI,  MP3, WMA v10
VideoCapture and Playback
Camera1.3 Megapixel Fixed Focus, digital zoom
MemoryUp to 8GB user available memory
Location ServicessGPS
AntennaInternal
Form FactorQWERTY tablet

Motorola GRASP will be available starting in Q3 2010. For specific retailers and availability, contact your local Motorola representative.

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