Motorola has unveiled the lastest handset in its ROKR range at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Called the Motorola ROKR E2, it is the newest member of the company's ROKR family of music-optimised mobile handsets.

However the company has shunned the iTunes software in favour of a Linux-based operating system and PC drag and drop functionality instead onto the phone's removable SD Card. In doing so, the ROKR E2 lets you store as many as 500 of your favorite tunes, as well as create and manage playlists.

The new phone also adds an FM radio along side dedicated music keys on the handset's side and front let you navigate playlists, as well as play/pause, skip backward/forward, and hold.

Connection to ROKR E2 can be made via a standard 3.5mm headset or wirelessly via the built-in stereo Bluetooth audio connection.

Additionally, ROKR E2 comes with airplane mode, allowing you to safely listen while on the ground or in the air. Other multimedia features include a 1.3 megapixel camera for pictures, video capture and playback and SCREEN3 technology for zero-click access to news, sports and entertainment content.

The Motorola ROKR E2 is expected to be available in the first half of 2006.