updated 03:10 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2007
Moto RIZR Z8 Ships
Motorola on Friday announced that its much-touted RIZR Z8 announced in February is now shipping and includes new surprises. Described by the company's CEO as a "media monster" ready to take on the iPhone, the ergonomic kick-slider design has enough performance to play full-resolution video either offline or from an HSDPA Internet connection; new is word that the device supports microSDHC, allowing it to handle at least 4GB of removable storage with as much as 32GB through future cards, Motorola says.
The deluxe RIZR will also ship with S9 headphones for wireless listening and a full copy of The Bourne Identity to put the phone's media features to use right away. Its first carrier will be Telefonica partner Movistar in Spain, which will offer the phone immediately through its network; versions for the rest of Europe and Asia are expected soon, though the company has yet to say whether or not it will offer the RIZR Z8 in North America but isn't expected to do so until late this year at the earliest.