PDA News – New XDA 2, PocketPCs by Mitac, wireless Alphasmart Dana

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O2 plans to release new XDA II

European communications conglomerate O2 is planning a refresh of it’s XDA line of PDA/phones. The new XDA will have an integrated camera with a 640×480 resolution, a tri-band radio, 64 MB RAM, the newer PXA255 processor at 400 MHz, and PocketPC 2003 Phone Edition. The device will be released in Europe by Christmas, however there is no information on when it may come to the U.S..



Mitac plans $199 PPCs

Asian electronics manufacturer MiTAC has plans to launch a new PocketPC based on NAND memory and a Samsung processor for a list price of $199. It’s currently unknown whether the MiTAC PPC will be released in North America or Europe.

Much more interesting than the new hardware is the continued trend towards the Samsung 2410 processor. The HP iPAQ 1930 and 1940 series’ use this processor, and it’s believed that the upcoming Dell Axim ultralight will as well. If this trend continues, or if any more chips start being used, Intel may find itself fighting for it’s previously dominated territory in the PDA space.



Dana to get WiFi, SDIO

The Dana, by Alphasmart, a Palm-powered ‘laptop alternative’, is getting a new addition to the family. The new model includes WiFi, SDIO, a 16-shade greyscale screen, and support for USB modems. It still remains to be seen, however, whether the Dana can find a market even with it’s new features.




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