Motorola Announces 5MP Kodak Candybar

Better late than never.

Now ”this” is the best handset (on paper) that we’ve seen from Motorola in a while…

The ‘MOTOZINE ZN5’ is the candybar hero to the slider villain BGR leaked earlier this month. Again an official tie-in with fellow struggler Kodak, the ZN5 does the sensible thing and combines autofocus, a Xenon flash and image stitching with all those pixels and wraps them up in ‘ModeShift’ technology a la the ROKR E8, that context shifting light-up keypad.

Also emphasising the partnership between the troubled twosome is Kodak Gallery integration, allowing owners to upload their photos in a Flickr-style manner with the option to print, buy and frame your snaps. Uploading will be somewhat limited on the move however as Motorola has decided against equipping the handset with 3G (EDGE is your lot) though the built-in WiFi will ease this problem if you can find a hotspot.

“Today’s creative consumers not only want to be the photographer, but also the retoucher, the exhibitor and the critic,” said Jeremy Dale, Motorola corporate VP of mobile devices marketing. “The MOTOZINE ZN5 lets them be all the things they want to be.”

”Ish.” Bickering aside, the ZN5 is something of an improvement for the company (even if Sony Eriksson has now come up with an 8.1MP, A-GPS, HSDPA and WiFi fitted handset) and follows quickly on from the reasonably interesting ROKR E8.

Will it be enough to save the company’s mobile phone business? Personally speaking, I suspect it will still be sold off if the right buyer can be found. Still, with the ZN5 launching in China next month and a global roll-out to follow soon after at least a revival is on the way…

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