O2 has announced its intention to introduce the Xda IIs, also known by its model name HTC Blue Angel. This new device will include enhancements to the integrated PDA and mobile handset, whilst retaining the core functions of the original Xda II platform. The Xda IIs will be available in the UK and Ireland on 1st November 2004 and Germany by the end of the year.
The Windows Mobile based Xda IIs offers a number of new features over the original XdaII. The biggest addition is a 39-key, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with 39 keys. This addition enables customers to use the device more easily for applications such as e-mail, contacts, calendar, texting and editing. The new device will also include BlackBerry Connect software from early 2005.
The Xda IIs also comes with a 25% increase in battery size over the original Xda II, as well as enhanced WLAN capabilities and quad band connectivity.
Early next year, O2 will also be launching the Xda IIi, another Windows Mobile based device that runs on the latest Windows 2003 Second Edition software, based on a faster Intel PXA270 processor, running at 520MHz. The device also upgrades from a 0.3Mp to 1.3 Mp camera, which gives significantly higher quality pictures. This makes it a preferable option for those who regularly use the camera function and want a device with a slightly faster performance.
Launched in November 2003, more than 100,000 Xda ll devices have been sold by O2 in the UK, Germany, Ireland and throughout Asia Pacific. Sales continue to show steady growth with the device gaining approximately 20% market share overall across the countries in which O2 operates in just six months since its launch.
Product specifications for the Xda IIs includes Windows Mobile 2003 2nd Edition Software for Pocket PC, 3.5” Transflective TFT-LCD 240 x 320 pixels, 65K Colour, Intel PXA263 400 MHz, memory - 96MB ROM, 128MB SDRAM, GSM/GPRS, Internal antenna, Quad band (850/900/1800/1900), GPRS class 10, Infrared, USB, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (802.11b), Colour CMOS 0.3Megapixel camera, with mirror.
The PDA weighs only 205 with battery, and measures 125(L) x 72(W) x 19(T) mm. The 1490mAH LP battery is expected to give the device up to 168 hours standby and 4 hours talk-time. O2 expects to sell the Xda IIs with an RRP of £449.