Motorola Zante Looks Even Shinier than You Know Who, Also Runs on EDGE

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Click to viewHere's the Zante, up close and lustrously yours. Today we got plenty of fresh technical information about this Motorola-flavored Sidekick plus two new pretty pics. One of them above, the other after the jump, showing its funky purple sliding keyboard. After seeing it, I want to lick it.

The Zante, or Motorola Q900, will probably come out in October complete with full multimedia playback support, Java, game controllers and the obligatory Danger OS. Even while it is as gleaming and shares the same EDGE connectivity (this time by T-Mobile), it doesn't seem to compete with the JesusPhone, including only 128MB of internal Flash RAM. Its only expansion slot just can handle MiniSD cards up to 2GB.

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According to our tipster, Motorola and T-Mobile are aiming at 5.9 hours of talk time and a $269 average selling price tag, which sounds great for a cellphone with all these features.

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I agree with many of the commenters above:

This is a just a pretty SK3. No new features except the sliding keyboard (and I would assume a thinner profile).

Danger must've really got a good deal on those 2.4" screens, because they've been using the exact same one since the SK1 went to color 4 years ago! I really can't think of a single other phone line that's used the same screen for anywhere near as long.

As a ex-longtime sidekick owner/user I must say, I'm pretty disappointed.

Come on Danger, start innovating. This is still the same device it was when it first came out. Make me want to switch back. (Please! Windows Mobile is killing me, and the iPhone isn't doin it for me either.)