Motorola MC55 handset targets enterprise

Motorola MC55

Motorola has released a new handset aimed at the enterprise mobility market.

The company called the MC55 a mobile computer', claiming it's the smallest and lightest member of its family of Enterprise Digital Assistants.

Aimed at workers in the field, the handset is ruggedised, features a 3.5in display with 320 x 240 resolution, and a full keyboard. It uses Windows Mobile 6.1 for its operating system and is powered by a Marvell XScale PXA270 520 MHz processor. It has 128MB of flash memory and 256 MB of RAM.

As well as standard phone capabilities, the MC55 includes a two-way radio, and a bar code scanner and a two-megapixel camera. The phone connects at up to EDGE speeds and also has GPS capabilities, which are intended for use by drivers and real-time fleet location, and for geo-fencing' of dispatchers by tracking their location.

Motorola is offering up two separate models, the MC5590 with 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the MC5574, which offers WWAN data connectivity as well. Both devices support push-to-talk services for instant communications and soft phone clients, and can be integrated into IP-based PBXs.

The MC55 devices are available now. Prices start at 1,223 excluding VAT.

Throughout last year there were reports that Motorola, one of the biggest names in mobile phones, would exit from the consumer handset business.

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