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CONFIRMED: O2 Germany announces the launch of O2 Xda diamond Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 06.05.08 - 12:54:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 28448x
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As expected and unveiled two weeks ago already, O2 Germany today announced the upcoming launch of its HTC Touch Diamond version which O2 will call the "O2 Xda diamond". O2's diamond is also running on Microsoft's recently announced Windows Mobile 6.1 and will feature triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz up to 3.6 Mbps plus HSUPA (even if O2 Germany doesn't have HSUPA in place today). Powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 528 MHz, the Xda diamond also features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, eGPS and a FM radio. The device is backed-up by 128 MB 192 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM and includes 4 GB flash memory. However, a flash card expansion is left - unfortunately:

The touch-sensitive 2.8" screen supports VGA (640x480) resolution and on the backside, the Xda diamond features a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera plus a front facing VGA camera for UMTS video telephony.
In addition to the typical Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional applications - which again includes the so often missing Remote Desktop Terminal client - the O2 Xda diamond also includes HTC's brand new TouchFLO 3D, Opera Mobile 9.5, a special Windows Mobile YouTube client, Google Maps Mobile and TomTom Navigator which however includes one free city-map download only. Additionally maps have to be purchased separately.

The Xda diamond should be available from O2 Germany later next month, a price wasn't announced so far.

UPDATE: Without a contract, O2 will sell the Xda Diamond for 549.99 Euro. With a 24-month plan, the Xda Diamond will be available from 99 Euro only.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by uccoffee on 08.05.08 - 04:37:31

128mB ram ONLY? isnt it 192Mb? or O2 version is different to the HTC version?

Posted by Wavemaster on 08.05.08 - 15:18:29

HTC is making a greatest mistake ever, by leaving the SD expansion out. I hate to say that, but 3G iPhone will crush it with 16 and 32 gigs of flash.

Posted by Arne Hess on 08.05.08 - 20:32:31

@uccoffee: 128 MB is the official wording from O2. But I'm already investigating. Would make me wonder if O2 would use a different hardware configuration.

@Wavemaster: No question, leaving a flash memory slot wasn't the best idea and while 4 GB is sufficient for me (today), 8 GB would be better. Well, the HTC Diamond is damn close to the perfect Windows Mobile smartphone but only close...

Posted by Arne Hess on 09.05.08 - 15:26:47

UPDATE: Got the confirmation today that O2 will also use 192 MB for its RAM. The 256 MB ROM stays unchanged.

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