Calendar and contacts data can be synchronized over a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) wireless connection using Microsoft Mobile Information Server–functioning like Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.
Orange will also offer an over-the-air backup service for contacts and calendar data.
The handset features a 2.2-inch TFT LCD screen displaying 176×220 pixels and 64,000 colors. It has a Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card expansion slot, allowing for storage cards of up to 256MB to be added. The battery provides three hours of talk time or 100 hours in standby mode, Orange said.
The hardware, designed by Taiwan’s High Tech Corp. is based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP technology, and uses a 120MHz ARM-based processor. It includes 32MB of flash ROM (read-only memory) and 16MB of SDRAM, more than 6MB of which is available for user storage. It has an infrared port, but no built-in Bluetooth, although an add-in Bluetooth SD card may later become available.