Today at T-Mobile's press conference, RenÃƒÂ© Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile provided more information about the T-Mobile MDA IV aka HTC Universal Pocket PC Phone Edition:
T-Mobile's new MDA IV integrates 2.5G, 3G and Wi-Fi and genuinely places the office in your pocket, with functionality and power similar to a desktop PC. The device seamlessly connects to the fastest T-Mobile network available, allowing users to have access to a broadband internet connection wherever they are while on the move. The device, which is 100 cm2 is like a mini laptop that fits into a pocket and includes a 520 Mhz Intel processor and the Windows Mobile operating system.
RenÃƒÂ© Oberman said: "T-Mobile's MDAs have proved to be hugely successful with 100,000 sold across Europe and 40% market share in Germany alone. This new device, with 2.5, 3G and Wi-Fi combined is another milestone in the development of Office in your Pocket devices."
The MDA IV is also a tri-band terminal, operating on GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 networks, allowing T-Mobile customers to use the device seamlessly in the US, Europe and Asia.
SMS, MMS and e-mails can be typed using the full qwerty keyboard. The 640 x 480 pixel color touch screen is ideal to display text, images and internet pages. Additional functions include two integrated video and still cameras, and loudspeakers. Once open, the screen can be turned round to turn the mini-laptop into a PDA with a touch-screen.
Like other MDA models, the MDA IV includes full Office functionality (e-mail push-service, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), integrated video and music players and equipped with USB and Bluetooth interfaces for synchronization of data with a PC.
The device will be available from this Summer in Germany, and will follow in other markets, a price wasn't given yet.
Also I had the chance to play with it personally under NDA so I can not say too much yet nor I wasn't allowed to take pictures in that moment but what I can say is: it's pretty heavy even if it is feature-rich. If you are an old H/PC user (like the Jornada's or Mobilon's) it's even heavier then these H/PCs. So it's far away from a PDA but comes pretty close to a kind of "supersub-notebook". Nice but not really mobile but portable.
Cheers ~ Arne