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XDA: o2 is working on a 64 MB RAM xda Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 06.11.02 - 10:55:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8404x
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According to mmO2's Asian website "My xda" o2 is working on a kind of xda 2 with some major enhancements to today's available xda.

This enhancements includes the GPRS speed as well as the storage capacity of the device. While the design and most common features will be unchanged the xda 2 will include:

  • GPRS: Class B, Multislot Class 8 (4R1T)
  • RAM: 64MB
Class B GPRS means that the GPRS connectivity will be idle/on hold during voice calls but automatically reactivated after the voice call. Even today's xda should be a Class B device however, you have to reconnect to GPRS after phone calls. Interesting is the Class 8 feature which increase the download speed of the device from today's 40,2 Kbit/s to 53.6 Kbit/s (see also my column: How fast is GPRS and what's the maximum today with the Pocket PC Phone Edition).
The RAM enhancement doubled the storage space available for the user. 64 MB RAM is state of the art for today's Pocket PC 2002s and therefore it is a consequent development of the xda. If this will also includes a kind of secure file store like used in the iPAQs, E-200 or Genio's isn't known today. However, 64 MB are a real useful enhancement for the user as 32 MB isn't enough today.

Unfortunately it seems as the SD capabilities aren't changed which means that the xda 2 still support SD memory cards only but no SDIO cards - used for Bluetooth, W-LAN or camera accessories.

If, when and how the xda 2 is introduced in Europe isn't known today. Also no release date in Asia and no price was given on mmO2's Asian web site.

Beside this hardware news, mmO2 chose the Spb Software House' GPRS GPRS monitor to be bundeled with the xda in Hong Kong and Malaysia:

November 4, 2002 - mm02, one of the leading mobile operators, announced today that it is beginning to bundle Spb GPRS Monitor software with its XDA Pocket PC phones. From now on each customer purchasing o2 XDA in Hong Kong and Malaysia get a free pre-installed copy of a powerful tool that measures GPRS traffic and calculates data connection usage costs (see my preview of Spb GPRS Monitor 1.0 here).

Cheers ~ Arne

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