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Motorola Star Trek Touchphone Makes Remarkable Debut

Motorola has apparently updated its legendary Startac range (remember them?) as it debuts the Krave ZN4 touchscreen clam-shell smartphone which eerily resembles Star Trek's own Communicator range.

The Krave ZN4 however is an impressive phone on its own though. It's upper flip is transparent and touchscreen which means that you don't need to open your phone to read your texts or see who is calling you while the "M" logo on the shell is actually used as a speaker.

Other than having an aesthetic feature, the cover itself does not perform any other tasks. Otherwise, the ZN4 comes with a 2.8-inch capable of displaying 240x400 pixels coupled with a virtual "haptic" keyboard that falls short of the Blackberry Storm's feedback one.

The phone also comes with a 2 megapixel camera (boo) as well as a microSD slot and a welcomed 3.5mm standard headphone jack.

You do get GPS but no WiFi according to the Register (although ShinyShiny says otherwise). No launch date in the UK have been pushed forward.

Interesting attempt by Motorola to get in the touchscreen bandwagon but it looks already dated and underpowered.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.