Building on its success with its RAZR line of ultra-thin handsets, Motorola unveiled the KRZR, which is actually skinner than the RAZR. The new RIZR also is a narrower cousin to the RAZR. Separately, the company announced plans to purchase Broadbus.
The KRZR is made of magnesium, hardened glass and polished chrome and features a built-in camera and a music player. The new Motorola offering is expected to make its commercial debut shortly.
The RIZR will be available in three colors: blue, red and black. The handset is a slider phone and features a 2-megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth capabilities and support for several audio formats, including MP3, AAC, AAC+.
The RAZR isn't being left behind, however. Motorola recently announced the shipment of its 50 millionth RAZR handset, and plans is unveiling new models that support high-speed Internet access.
In other Motorola news, the company has snapped up television on-demand provider Broadbus Technologies for an undisclosed sum. The purchase, according to Motorola, will not only increase its presence in home-based consumer electronics, but in the wireless device TV sector as well.
The privately held Broadbus technology relies on a solid-state architecture, using dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to serve up video, explains Motorola. The company plans to leverage the platform to make a bigger splash in content management and distribution for mobile video, as well as video on-demand (VOD), time-shifted TV, network-based digital video recording (nDVR), on-demand ad insertion (ODAI) and switched digital video (SDV).
Motorola did not reveal the financial terms of the agreement, but says it expects the deal to close, following the necessary regulatory and customary approvals, during the third quarter of this year.