T-Mobile Germany Announces MDA III Pocket PC Phone

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A new cellular-wireless handheld has been announced by T-Mobile Germany. This includes a miniature keyboard and Wi-Fi wireless networking.

As its name suggests, the MDA III is the latest in a series of Pocket PC phones to be offered by this wireless carrier in Europe. However, few of these have made it to the U.S., and it isn’t known if this latest model will either.

The MDA III will use a traditional tablet design, plus it sports a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the 3.5-inch, QVGA screen slides up.

With the keyboard hidden, this handheld will be 4.9 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide, and 0.75 inches thick (12.5 cm by 7.0 cm by 1.9 cm). It will weigh roughly 7.4 ounces (210 g).

The MDA III will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 on a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA263 processor. It will include 128 MB of RAM, plus it will have an SD slot for additional storage. This will also offer SDIO support.

Like a lot of cellular-wireless handhelds, the MDA III will include a built-in 0.3 megapixel camera capable of taking VGA pictures.

As mentioned earlier, this handheld will include Wi-Fi wireless networking, which will allow data transfers at up to 11 Mbit/s. However, it won’t include Bluetooth, so it won’t be able to be used with wireless headsets.

When outside of the range of Wi-Fi access points it can switch to GSM/GPRS wireless networks. It supports voice as well as data, but T-Mobile is emphasizing this handheld’s data capabilities.

The MDA III will be available in Germany in September.

Coming to Sprint… Sort of

This handheld was developed by Daxian Telecom, not T-Mobile. According to Sprint PCS Info, Sprint has also licensed this design and intends to release a cellular-wireless handheld based on it later this year.

Although the basic design is the same, the version Sprint is expected to introduce will have some differences. The most notable is this model, the PPC6600, will have Bluetooth but not Wi-Fi.

Reportedly, this model will support the high-speed EV-DO Wireless Network Sprint is in the process of deploying. When this network becomes available, this handheld’s typical data transfer rate will be 300 Kbps to 500 Kbps.

The PPC6600 will run the same operating system version as the MDA III, and have the same amount of memory and the camera.

Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip.

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