Well, that sure was a long and drawn out wait. We’ve been waiting on Motorola to launch their Kodak-branded 5 megapixel cameraphone for some time now, and with Motorola’s future as a viable handset manufacturer in doubt, this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time.
Motorola has finally gone official with the Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5. The announcement marks the first mention of the 5 megapixel cameraphone from Motorola’s PR. Motorola’s ZINE ZN5 is the brain-child of a partnership between the once-giant handset maker and imaging pioneer Kodak. Together they’ve managed to pack a 5 megapixel Kodak camera in to the Motorola ZINE ZN5’s slim candybar (monoblock) profile.
The Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 boasts auto-focusing optics, Xenon flash, 4GB of optional storage, and Kodak Perfect Touch technology for optimal low-light shooting. And, with one of the fastest shot-to-shot times available, the Motorola ZN5 is sure to give cameraphones around the world a run for their money. Motorola’s ModeShift Technology morphs the keypad to adapt to different functions – a la Motorola ROKR E8.
And, to make sure that the MOTOZINE ZN5 is as well rounded as can be, Motorola’s stuffed a WiFi radio and a full-HTML browser in to the handset – ensuring that web-surfing won’t be too painful. Of course, with a lowly quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM radio serving up wireless data at EDGE speeds, we can think of a few other cameraphones that offer more bang for the buck.
I’ve been quite critical of Motorola and the ZN5, that much is fact. But, that doesn’t mean Motorola hasn’t given the ZN5 the guts to compete on the same playing field as other monster-megapixel cameraphones. I just want so much for Motorola to regain their former that it’s hard not to expect Moto to step it up and launch devices that top the high-end market.
Mobile-Review has been lucky enough to actually give the Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 a good run-through, and they’ve come away quite impressed. I would have thought that the lack of a true 3G radio would have been a huge disappointment for the ZN5, but, like the original iPhone, it seems that WiFi and a full-HTML browser are sufficient. Let’s hope Motorola sends us a review unit of the ZN5 to put that issue to rest once and for all.
Full press release on the link.
Motorola and Kodak Redefine the Mobile Imaging Experience with MOTOZINE™ ZN5
BEIJING, CHINA — 23 June 2008 – Motorola (NYSE: MOT), a leader in wireless communications, and Kodak (NYSE: EK), the world’s foremost imaging innovator, today announced MOTOZINE™ ZN5, the first product combining world-class innovation from both companies. The MOTOZINE ZN5 combines a high-quality phone and camera experience to help content-craving consumers seize inspiration and share the content they create and love with the world.
Unveiled today in Beijing at a gallery-inspired event, ZINE ZN5 delivers an easy and immersive mobile imaging experience. ZN5 is the first mobile phone to combine Motorola’s ModeShift Technology and KODAK Imaging Technology. Together, they redefine the quality, convenience and connectivity of mobile imaging devices. With KODAK EASYSHARE Software and easy access to KODAK Gallery1 or other web sharing sites,2 pictures are easily moved off the device, allowing consumers to print, share and enjoy their favorite photos whenever they want.
“Today’s creative consumers not only want to be the photographer, but also the retoucher, the exhibitor and the critic,” said Jeremy Dale, corporate vice president, mobile devices marketing, Motorola, Inc. “The MOTOZINE ZN5 lets them be all the things they want to be.”
Built to Shoot
ZN5 puts image capture first, with a high-resolution landscape screen and one of the fastest click-to-click times available. To launch the camera, simply slide open the Kodak lens cover to transform the phone into an ultra-fast 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, a Xenon flash, 4GB of optional external memory3 and optimized settings for low-light environments.
Built-in KODAK Imaging Technology ensures that every picture taken with ZN5 looks its best. When KODAK Imaging Technology is combined with KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, images become brighter and more vivid on the spot. Multiple capture modes, like multi-shot and panorama, which automatically stitches together continuous shots taken on the horizon line into a single, extended image1, makes taking photos fun.
“KODAK Imaging Technology combines Kodak’s unparalleled experience in imaging science with easy connectivity to the company’s vast portfolio of products and services,” said John Blake, general manager digital capture and imaging devices group, vice president Eastman Kodak Company. “We have redefined the quality, convenience and connectivity of mobile imaging devices. We have worked closely with Motorola to create a device that not only delivers Kodak-quality pictures, but allows consumers to explore a wide range of options for sharing their photos with friends and family around the world.”
Built to Share
With one touch, photos can be viewed right from the home screen; no menus, no searching. This multimedia device provides a fun, quick and easy way to share favorite photos. Pictures can be uploaded via Gallery Link in one simple click and instantly shared to the KODAK Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com)1 to be viewed, stored and shared with friends and family. ShoZu can be used to upload photos to a variety of social networking sites1. ZN5 comes with KODAK EASYSHARE Software, the world’s most used photo software, making it easy to organize, edit, share, store and find mobile pictures1. Consumers can transfer pictures to a computer via USB, Wi-Fi1 or Bluetooth® wireless technology4 and print wirelessly on Bluetooth-compatible KODAK All-in-One Printers and at KODAK Picture Kiosks.
Built to Talk
In phone mode, ZN5 features Motorola’s patented CrystalTalkTM technology to help callers hear and be heard, even in noisy environments. With dual compatibility for GSM and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), users can connect in more areas around the world2 and enjoy high-speed wireless connections to surf the Web via a full HTML browser2. To complete the communications experience, ZN5 also supports SMS, MMS, IM and personal e-mail2.
The MOTOZINE Multimedia Experience
MOTOZINE ZN5 is the first device to carry the MOTOZINE franchise name, Motorola’s new label for its multimedia-optimized devices. For the consumer who thrives on content consumption and creation, products in the ZINE portfolio give them the freedom to shape pop culture, on their terms.
MOTOZINE ZN5 will be first available in China in July 2008 and is expected to roll out around the globe throughout the remainder of the year. For more information regarding pricing and product availability in your region, please contact your local Motorola representative.
As the world’s foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
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Kodak, EasyShare and Perfect Touch are trademarks of Kodak.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.
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