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Motorola intros 3G pro handheld, GPS portable PCs

updated 10:50 am EDT, Tue March 20, 2007

Motorola MC70 and ML910

Motorola this morning tackled the normally cautious world of business computers by releasing a new handheld and a pair of pro notebook PCs. The MC70 handheld (shown) is one of the first shock-proof PDAs to come equipped with third-generation wireless, sporting EVDO (instead of the 2.5G EDGE format) for getting Internet data to its 3.5-inch touchscreen without having to use a local network. The device also stacks up against other PDAs with 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for access where it's safe to use them, Motorola says. The MC70 is already shipping with the new EVDO pack at prices ranging between $2,845 and $3,195 depending on the necessary gear bundled with the device.

Motorola also gave its Mobile Computer line an upgrade today with two new computers. The ML910 is the first 13.3-inch widescreen notebook designed to survive exceptionally harsh conditions, Motorola boasts. Beyond a shock, water, and temperature-resistant shell, the PC includes its own heater to warm the hard drive in freezing weather and monitors the inside of the case to prevent temperature from being a problem while running.

Prices are unavailable, but the system will ship with a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor and a 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 for those workers who need 3D rendering out in the field; options exist for GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cell network radios to keep the computer connected to its home base at all times.

Lastly, the MW810 is for truck drivers and others who need a similar portable PC mounted for quick access, separating the display, main computer, and keyboard into three separate pieces while still making them small enough to be used on the road. The MW810 also has a Core 2 Duo but is made to be customizable with different speeds and wireless options (including GPS).

Either mobile PC on demo now at the FOSE government convention in Washington, D.C.; prices are unavailable and vary based on a company or government institution's needs.

by MacNN Staff





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