Motorola QA4 Evoke Handset Greeted With Shoulder Shrugging

Motorola QA4 Evoke Handset Greeted With Shoulder ShruggingWe generally view new Motorola handsets with the same level of anticipation as when we’re about to bite into a cold, soggy burger at a footie match, and we fear their latest offering is going to be equally unsavoury.

Christened with the less-than-snappy name of the ‘Motorola QA4 Evoke’ moniker, the rounded, pebble-like CDMA mobile reminds us a bit of the Palm Pre – but with considerably less excitement.

Sure, they look rather similar in shape and it’s a slider too, but when you flip the thing out, there’s no full cream QWERTY goodness to be found, but a half-fat, over-styled alpha-numeric keypad which we expect looks far better than it works. Hard core texters will have to make do with the landscape-orientated onscreen keyboard, which is sure to be a poor relation to a proper, hardware keyboard.

Although the 2.8″ touchscreen looks pretty generous in size, more disappointment awaits when a quick thumb through the spec sheet reveals a distinctly 2007-esque pixel count of just 240 x 400 dots. The camera seems stuck in a similar time warp, serving up just 2MP of power with ne’er a hint of a flash in sight.

The 256MB of internal storage is happily backed by a microSD expansion slot and things look a little more ’09 with GPS and Bluetooth supporting A2DP, HSP and HFP profiles.

Motorola QA4 Evoke Handset Greeted With Shoulder ShruggingThe homescreen comes with the usual widget-Based, customisable options, and there’s a full HTML browser onboard with MySpace, YouTube and Picasa integration.

Running on CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100, 1900MHz and 2100 MHz EVDO Rev A bands, the 1170 mAh battery promises up to 330 min of talk time and around 450 hrs of standby time.

The handset measures up at 108mm x 50.5mm x 17.5mm dimensions and it’s expected to appear Stateside in Q2 2009, with no word on a European/UK release yet. Can we wait? Yes, we can actually. Preferably until the Palm Pre turns up.

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