3GSM World Congress 2006, Barcelona (Part 1)

New from Motorola

This article is also contributed by John Chan.

3GSM World Congress 2006

It's that time of year again where we pay a visit to the mobile mecca, the 3GSM World Congress. This is where deals are made, strategies are announced and technologies are shown off. But more importantly and interesting to us are the new mobile phones that we get to see on the show floors. Almost all the major mobile phone brands had new handsets revealed. Taking their cue from Motorola, we saw many slim handsets from most of the manufacturers. The RAZR V3 has really ignited a revolution in mobile phone design. Here is our coverage of some of the handsets from the major brands.

New from Motorola

There is no doubt that the Motorola RAZR V3 was wildly successful in 2005. The numbers show that, and just by looking around, you can see many people carrying this super-slim handset. The design philosophy has carried over to the bar-type handset, the SLVR, with Motorola giving super slim designs to the low-tier and mid-tier markets.

This new slim candybar phone - the L2 - is based on the SLVR design. The differences are the non-flat keypad and that it foregoes a camera, which makes it appropriate for workplaces that do not allow cameras.

We are familiar with the L6, the low-cost SLVR-style handset. This is the same phone, just that the color's different and that it supports iMode.

Again, the same form factor in the L7, but also with iMode support. We suspect there will be many more variants of this slim candybar in the year to come. Time will tell.

Low cost does not mean low quality. Made for the emerging markets, the affordable W220 handset comes with an FM tuner and has an attractive design for the masses.

Extending the product line, Motorola has launched the Z, a slide-type handset for the Korean market. We don't know when it will be launched for the rest of the world though.

No, it isn't the PEBL handset. This is a portable battery that will give you two full charges of your Motorola phone. Just slide up the mini-USB connector and plug it in for power on the go.