Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Motorola Unveils Razr Successors

A couple of articles on a bunch of new handsets from Motorola (MOT). TechNewsWorld writes that Motorola presented RAZR siblings called "Krzr" and "Rizr" at the opening of its annual stock analyst conference. The company "also unveiled three other new phones, including two more technically rich Razrs geared for high-speed networks."

Ed Snyder at Charter Equity Research thought the Krzr and Rizr mark "incremental changes" from the Razr. He remarked that "Motorola is filling a Razr-like phone with more features, which is not a bad idea."

However, Snyder commented that "eventually -- to get another smash hit like the Razr -- you're going to have to come up with something more compelling."

According to the article, "both new phones have the Razr's sleek look. The Krzr is actually 2 millimeters thicker than the Razr, which is known for its ultra-thin styling. But the Razr is 10 millimeters wider than the Krzr. The Krzr has a 2-megapixel camera, and will also feature at least 1 gigabyte of removable storage, meaning it can warehouse hundreds of songs or pictures. The Krzr will work on an "EVDO" cellular network, which allows for considerably faster data transmission."

In InternetNews.com, Dave Chamberlain at In-Stat said, "The Razr has been very useful in improving their fortunes." However, "there is a danger in too much success."

He thought "Motorola must continue introducing new products, rather than tweaking the Razr."