Thursday, September 9, 2004

o2 XDA II successors announced

The guys at TekGuru has managed to obtain a draft press release on the upcoming XDA II successors formerly known as XDA III and XDA IV. It would now be bizarrely called the XDA IIs and XDA IIi. I don't know what they were thinking, however lets have a look at the specs itself first.

o2 XDA IIs
* Windows Mobile 2003 2nd Edition Software for Pocket PCs
* 3.5" Transflective TFT-LCD 240 x 320 pixels, 65K Colour,
* Size: 125(L) x 72(W) x 19(T) mm
* Processor - Intel PXA263 400 MHz, memory - 96MB ROM, 128MB SDRAM
* GSM/GPRS o Internal antenna, Quad band, 850/900/1800/1900 o GPRS class 10
* Infrared, USB, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (802.11b)
* Colour CMOS 0.3Megapixel camera, with mirror
* 205 grams with battery, expansion: MMC/SDIO
* 12 buttons, 5-way rocker, slide-out 39-key QWERTY keyboard
* 1490mAH LP battery * Standby/PDA/Recover/Talk: 168/17/72/4

Looks good to me. The 240x320 resolution is a little disappointing as is the heaviness of the darn thing. The inclusion of the slide out QWERTY thumboard should be interesting though. The XDA IIi would feature a 1.3Mp digital camera and probably a faster processor as well.

Looks a little too thick for my liking but the design is awesome and light years ahead of the XDA II and HP's new iPAQ h6xxx series. It is certainly way more beautiful and fashionable than the upcoming ugly brute known as the Motorola Mpx.

I happened to have just completed my yearly o2 contract and have been looking at mobile phones to complement my Palm Tungsten T3 and Hewlett Packard iPAQ h4150 when this news came out. However the specifications are very similar to my iPAQ but the cost is a bomb. Knowing o2 this would probably cost 300quid with a data plan contract. So its either the Sony Ericsson K700i (to be my sixth Ericsson phone) or Nokia 7610 (to be my first Nokia mobile).

Source: TekGuru UK

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