New Details on the First Clamshell VGA Pocket PC Phone

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Last week, T-Mobile Germany gave the world a glimpse of the first cellular-wireless Pocket PC to include a VGA screen, the MDA IV. Now some additional information on this device has emerged, but not all of it through official channels.

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.

T-Mobile doesn’t make its own handhelds and smartphones. According to MoDaCo, the MDA IV has been created by High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwanese company that has created devices for a number of companies, like HP and Dell.

Supposedly, this Pocket PC’s code-name is “Universal.” It will likely be offered by several carriers, each of which will call it by a different name.

It was already known that this device would use a 520 MHz processor, but MoDaCo is reporting that it will include 128 MB of RAM.

T-Mobile MDA IV The HTC Universal is widely expected to run Windows Mobile 2005 for Pocket PC, code-named Magneto. This is expected to debut before this handheld hits the market from any carrier.

T-Mobile confirmed that this device, in addition to its GSM/GPRS/UMTS capabilities, will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Supposedly, it will automatically switch between whichever Wireless Network is best at any given moment.

The HTC Universal will certainly have two cameras, one next to the screen for video conferencing, and one on the other side for images and video. Reportedly, the internal camera will be VGA, while the external one will be 1.3 megapixel.

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