Motorola ES400S Runs ‘Windows Embedded Handheld’

Sprint, Motorola and Microsoft have all teamed up to create a new smartphone. Called the ES400S, it runs a new operating system dubbed ‘Windows Embedded Handheld’. The new phone is targeted at enterprise users and packs quite a punch.

Here’s the standard quick overview of what it delivers (from Sprint’s press release):

  • 3” VGA touchscreen
  • 3.2 MP camera with barcode scanning features
  • 1 GB ROM for the embedded OS
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • Built-in fingerprint scanner
  • Wi-Fi and GPS
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • $549.99 price tag with new contract

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, time for the real dirt. Windows Embedded Handheld is actually Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with some improvements for business customers. Microsoft wants to be big player in both the commercial and consumer smartphone markets so this is just the first step towards the first goal. Windows Phone 7  is just about finished for its consumer market and it probably take some time to get all the bugs worked out and to implement enterprise features for large companies.

While I don’t know how much promise this new OS system holds, Research In Motion’s (RIM) grip on its corporate clients is loosening. At the same time, the market for smartphones keeps exploding. Expect to see smartphones used for pretty much everything in the future.

Let me know if you think Microsoft has the right idea here. It certainly has the resources to go aggressively after both regular and business users. But does it have the vision and Web 2.0 mentality that Apple and Google are using to turn the smartphone market upside down?

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