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Next-gen Motorola RAZR to pack iTunes

A slightly heftier version of Motorola\'s top-selling RAZR mobile handset is under development and it includes new features such as Apple\'s iTunes software, according to multiple reports.

In an online report, howardchui.com posts several photos allegedly taken from an prototype of the phone, dubbed the Motorola RAZR2. The photos appear to be genuine and depict the same device shown briefly to the media by Motorola CEO Ed Zander at this year\'s MOTONOW conference.

Although the handset appears slightly thicker than the current RAZR V3, it will reportedly pack several new features including stereo music over Bluetooth wireless technology, improved noise canceling, a larger front-size LCD and iTunes with a 100 song limit.

The RAZR2 is also said to sport a Transflash slot, 1.3 Megapixel camera, faster processor, and a pulsating Motorola emblem that glows blue. Additionally, the RAZR2 prototype includes an \"airplane mode,\" which will allow users to listen to iTunes music without the cell phone mechanism having to be fully turned on.

Earlier this month, Motorola said it plans frequent updates to its iTunes-enabled mobile phone offerings. The company\'s first iTunes phone, dubbed the ROKR, made its debut on Sept. 7th and quickly proved disappointing to both reviewers and users.

\"This (the ROKR) is the first phone in a series of phones that we will be launching over the next year,\" Carson Schmidt, Motorola\'s general manager of regional operators, recently told Pocket Lint. \"You can expect an announcement on a quarterly basis for new phones in the range.\"

Carson also confirmed that Motorola\'s iTunes deal with Apple is not exclusive and that other handset makers could follow suit in offering similar iTunes functionality in the near future.