Motorola RIZR Z8

Feb 12 2007 - 03:27 AM ET | 3GSM, Motorola

3GSM World Congress -- motorola-rizr-z8.jpgMotorola has expanded the RIZR family with the introduction of the RIZR Z8. Like the recently announced RIZR Z6, the Z8 does away with Motorola's conventional (and heavily criticized) operating system. But instead of the Java/Linux OS that the Z6 got, the RIZR Z8 is actually powered by Symbian. A new UI sits on top of the Symbian software, so it doesn't look like a Nokia S60.

More interesting than the OS is that the Z8 is Motorola's first "kick slider". That means instead of sliding straight up, the Z8 actually curves to better contour to a face. There's a photo of this in action below.

Other features of the MOTORIZR Z8 include:

  • QVGA display with 16 million colors
  • 3.6 megabit HSDPA
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support

Motorola expects to launch the RIZR Z8 in April. Since Motorola was talking up a partnership with Sky, we're betting on a European launch for the device.

motorola rizr z8 side

motorola rizr z8 open