T-Mobile Germany has just taken the wraps off the MDA IV, the first cellular-wireless Pocket PC to include a 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen.
The MDA IV will use a clamshell design with a screen on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other. In addition, its “twist and flip” screen will be able to rotate and then be closed down over the keyboard, allowing the device to be used in a tablet configuration.
This device will be a GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900 MHz) device that will support UMTS, a wireless networking standard that is three times faster than EDGE, which is itself significantly faster than standard GPRS.
In addition, the MDA IV will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi short-range wireless networking.
It will run Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, but exactly which version isn’t known yet. This device won’t hit the market until this summer, and Microsoft is expected to release Windows Mobile 2005 before then.
It will have a 520 MHz Intel XScale processor, but how much RAM it will include is not yet known.
“The MDA IV is a milestone in turning ‘office in your pocket’ into reality”, said Martin Knauer, Managing Director of Marketing at T-Mobile Germany. “This device combines innovative mobile communications technology, functionality, and powerful software in a very compact package. Operated on our multimedia networks, the mini-laptop is almost as powerful as a desktop PC. This is a response to the requirements of our customers who want the tools of their trade to be just as reliable on the move as in the office.”
Whether this device will be available outside of Europe is not yet known. T-Mobile U.S.A. hasn’t released many MDA models in the U.S.
However, T-Mobile doesn’t design its own devices; instead, it buys them from ODMs. So it’s possible that this device could be released by another carrier in the United States.
More information is available on the T-Mobile Germany web site.