T-Mobile currently carries a version of the xda, a cellular-wireless handheld that runs the Pocket PC Phone Edition. Today, T-Mobile Germany announced it will begin carrying an updated version by the end of this year.
The xda was designed for O2, a European wireless carrier, but is offered by several companies, including T-Mobile. Last month, O2 announced there would be an updated model. Today’s announcement shows that T-Mobile Germany will be carrying this device. Because T-Mobile also operates in the U.S., it seems likely this handheld will be available in this country, too.
T-Mobile sometimes refers to its version as the MDA, for Mobile Digital Assistant, though it usually just calls it the Pocket PC Phone Edition. It hasn’t said what it will call the new model, though in the picture it is also labeled the MDA.
In the pictures T-Mobile has released, its device looks slightly different from the pictures of the xda II that have leaked out. There are no major differences — both appear to use the same button arrangement, for example — but the styling has been changed slightly.
O2 says its xda II will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM and an SD slot. The xda II will also have an improved screem, offering 16-bit color. However, it’s possible that some of these specs might be changed by T-Mobile in its version.
The xda II will include Bluetooth wireless networking, but T-Mobile’s very brief overview of the MDA 2 doesn’t mention this.
T-Mobile made it clear that its handheld, like the xda II, will have an integrated digital camera capable of taking pictures at up to 640×480 pixels.
The MDA 2 will run on GSM/GPRS wireless networks. The xda II will be a tri-band device, capable of being used worldwide, and it’s likely the MDA 2 will be also. Like its predecessor, it will offer both voice and data capabilities and have full multimedia messaging.
T-Mobile has not yet said what the MDA 2 will cost.
Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip.