Earlier this month, word first surfaced of a new cellular-wireless Pocket PC coming from HTC. At that time, it was known only by its code-name, the Magician. Now, this device has been announced by T-Mobile in Europe, where it is known as the MDA Compact.
What first attracted the most attention to this model is its size. Unfortunately, this device turns out be not quite as small as was originally thought. Still, this is going to be a pretty small handheld, especially when compared with other cellular-wireless Pocket PCs like the iPAQ h6315.
It will be 4.25 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick (108 mm by 58 mm by 18 mm). It will weigh only 5.3 ounces (150 g).
The MDA Compact will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs Second Edition on a 416 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM. Some of its ROM is expected to be available as additional storage.
With a device this small, there is no way to fit in a standard size screen. Therefore, the MDA Compact's 240-by-320-pixel display will be just 2.9-inches when measured diagonally.
Although its integrated GSM/GPRS radio means it can be used for both wireless voice and data, the lack of a physical numberpad means that using the MDA Compact as a mobile phone appears to be a secondary function.
This will be a Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device, which means it can be used in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
In addition, the MDA Compact will include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Its SD slot will support SDIO, so it's possible Wi-Fi SD cards can be used with it, as well.
A bit of good news from the T-Mobile announcement is that this handheld will have a 1.2 megapixel camera, not a VGA one as previously thought.
While the MDA Compact will be available in Europe in November, there has been no word on whether T-Mobile or any other wireless carrier will release it in the U.S. Sadly, T-Mobile has released several cellular-wireless Pocket PCs in the MDA series in Europe, but not in the U.S.
Thanks to T-Online for helping with this article.
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