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EXCLUSIVE: T-Mobile confirms MDA Vario IV Specs and unveils more Information [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 30.05.08 - 20:31:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 50874x
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T-Mobile Germany just sent in the official specs-sheet for the recently unveiled T-Mobile MDA Vario IV and therefore the speculation is over now. Based on HTC's Raphael reference design, the Vario IV features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7200 CPU at 528 MHz and supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz), dualband UMTS/HSDPA (850/2100 MHz) up to 7.2 Mbps as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS (an FM radio isn't mentioned). The MDA Vario IV is backed up by 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which is expandable through microSD memory cards. Furthermore, which differentiates the MDA Vario IV (HTC Raphael) from the MDA compact IV (HTC Touch Diamond), the Vario IV features a 5-rows slide-out QWERTZ/Y keyboard:

The frameless 2.8" touchscreen supports VGA (640 x 480 pixel) and the CMOS autofucus camera supports a resolution up to 3.2 megapixel. At a size of 103 x 52 x 18.1 mm, the Vario IV weights around 158 g (including the 1340 mAh battery).

According to T-Mobile Germany, the MDA Vario IV will includes the following applications: Office Mobile (Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, OneNote Mobile), Adobe PDF-Reader, Outlook Mobile, Media Player 10 Mobile, Opera Mobile 9.5, Internet Explorer Mobile, Google Maps and YouTube Mobile as well as HTC's TouchFLO 3D.

The final sales pack will include the MDA Vario IV, the battery, the charger, a mini USB to USB sync cable, a replacement stylus, a wired Stereo-headset, a pouch, a CD-ROM including the quick start guide, the manual and additional software.

A price wasn't announced yet, availability is given with later summer/early fall.

UPDATE: According to sources close to the manufacture, it's not featuring UMTS/HSDPA at 850 MHz but 900 MHz. Looks like T-Mobile has a typo in its UMTS/HSDPA specs. Furthermore I got the confirmation that the, from the HTC TyTN II (HTC Kaiser) known, tilt-screen is left and the MDA Vario IV slides-out only.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Paul on 30.05.08 - 21:24:41

Thanks Arne, finally some reliable information. Don't trust pdadb anymore. You guys are always on the forefront of information, well done!!!

Posted by MIKEEEEE on 01.06.08 - 02:59:32

no UMA.

no 1700mhz.

no 850 mhz voice.

does it at least have an antenna jack?

Posted by Steven on 01.06.08 - 09:39:45

good morning,

i keep finding different information about a possible tv-out. some sources claim that it´ll feature one and others do deny it.
any chance that you can enlighten me about what´s correct?

Posted by Arne Hess on 01.06.08 - 11:56:22


no UMA. no 1700mhz. no 850 mhz voice.
does it at least have an antenna jack?

Regarding the UMA and 1700 MHz, it looks like T-Mobile Europe's and T-Mobile America's product roadmaps are quite different ans since neither UMA nor 1700 MHz are used by T-Mobile Europe, it makes no wonder that it's not supported. The missing 850 MHz band indeed makes it bad for inbound roamers as well.
I don't think that there is an external antenna jack available which can be used with let's say car-kits.

Steven wrote:

i keep finding different information about a possible tv-out. some sources claim that it´ll feature one and others do deny it.
any chance that you can enlighten me about what´s correct?

I doubt there's a TV-out available. While I have no confirmation except the HTC Advantages, no HTC device has TV-out and the Advantages have a second jack to support TV-out with an adapter.
But anyway, I'm trying to find out more about the correct specs, especially because the current T-Mobile specs have some typos anyway.

Posted by Frequent Traveler on 01.06.08 - 19:50:00

No quad-band GSM, no tri-band UMTS and no HSUPA? No thanks! While being a German I'm going to the U.S. twice a month and I need connectivity there, especially after AT&T enabled HSUPA all over their network now. The Vario IV is limiting me too much and I expect that the Xperia X1 is my choice. Not yet sure if I will select the X1a or the X1i. Any advices?

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.06.08 - 08:42:12

@Frequent Traveler: No question, if you need U.S.and European support, the X1a should be your choice. Since X1i's UMTS 900 MHz isn't widely used in Europe yet, the 2100 MHz should be good enough for you but the 850/1900 MHz should give you best reception in the U.S.

Posted by Midsommer on 03.06.08 - 11:05:02

why needs the Raphael more RAM than the Diamond? just wondering.
And I heard rumors, the Raphel will get 288 MB RAM not 256 MB.

Processor - Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz
Operating System - Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Memory - ROM: 512 MB RAM: 288MB
Expansion Slot - microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Dimensions - 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)
Weight - 165 g (with battery)
Display - 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution

Network - HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia - 900/2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control - TouchFLO 3D Touch-sensitive navigation control
Keyboard - Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
GPS - GPS and A-GPS ready Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
Wi-Fi - IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out in one)
Camera - Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Audio - Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
Ring tone supported formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
40 polyphonic and Standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
Battery - Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery Capacity: 1340 mAh

Talk time:
Up to 397 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 485 minutes for GSM

Standby time:
Up to 503 hours for WCDMA
Up to 406 hours for GSM

Video call time:
Up to 201 minutes for WCDMA (The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A


Posted by ERiC1005 on 07.06.08 - 14:32:01

anyone notice that the "z" and "y" keys are reversed?

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.06.08 - 20:36:55

No, I haven't noticed it. Everything is on the right place for a T-Mobile Germany QWERTZ smartphone. What do you mean with reversed?

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