In addition to the previously posted information about the HTC Himalaya built in camera quality (sample photos here) and Carlo's and mine exclusive photos; PPCW.Net recently received some more detailed information and the specifications from the upcoming O2 xda II/T-Mobile MDA II which looks amazing (watch out the standby time) to me:
Intel XScale CPU at
Windows Mobile 2003
240 x 320 pixel at 65,536 colors
GSM900 MHz (Europe, Asia, Africa Oceania)
GSM1800 MHz (Europe, Asia, Africa Oceania)
GSM1900 MHz (America)
Color CMOS camera
VGA 480 x 640 with JPEG encoder
Dimensions (W x
H x L)
69.9mm x 130mm x 19mm
I/O port 22-pin for for USB, Serial, and power
Audio Stereo headphone jack
Bluetooth 1.1 compliant class 2
Battery: 1200mAh Li-ion removable
Backup: 25mAh rechargeable
Talk-time: ~ 2 - 4 h
PDA: ~ 13 h
Standby: ~ 150 - 170 h
Data retention time: ~ 72 h
Seems the Himalaya wont become the best Pocket PC Phone Edition device only but also the greatest Pocket PC in general.
Optional Backpack The optional backpack is an expansion pack for CF cards type I and II and includes a VGA/TV output as well. The CF expansion card is a most popular interface card currently on the market.
In addition it can support a VGA/CRT output for a Microsoft Power Point presentation or mirror the LCD display of your device.
For CF and VGA/TV applications, the Backpack has a built-in extended battery. This extended battery will recharge the main battery when attached. The supported resolution and TV systems is the following:
Monitor output : XGA 1024x768, VGA 800x600 and 640x480
TV output : 640x480 with PAL and NTSC support
Can't wait to see it finally released! ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne
Related Articles FEATURES HTC Himalaya aka O2 xda II and TMobile MDA II specifications
Convincing - for me it's a toss up between this and the HTC SVP2. I would buy this for sure if it were a fraction thinner. Does it too have a nice little fold out keyboard..?
Posted by msmobiles.com on 29.09.03 - 15:43:24
when I was testing MDA II at IFA in Berlin it had pre-installed Java. You don't list it above. Does it mean that xda II will not have Java? (but MDA II will have it)
Posted by Arne Hess on 29.09.03 - 15:52:01
@msmobiles.com: Do you see any software listed above? No because no SW is listed above. ;-)
This doesn't implies that Java is or isn't part of the O2/T-Mobile devices but that's up to the carriers. The specs above are the pure HTC Himalaya features and every operator is free to add what ever he want.
Posted by Ka_boum on 29.09.03 - 16:47:59
Sounds great, but there are many other devices out there that seem promising. Lately, I read about the benq p30, the handspring treo 600, the motorola 920... Anyone knows which is best ?
Posted by Robert on 29.09.03 - 16:21:42
Dose the GPS thing build in already?
and is there going to be any Stereo Bluetooth Headphone?
Posted by Abdul Rehman on 29.09.03 - 16:26:20
Will I be able to use XDA II as a wireless modem over Bluetooth?
Posted by Arne Hess on 29.09.03 - 18:05:48
@Ka_boum: Well one thing I can say is that this baby is perfect for a Windows based environment. If you work on Windows, or any Microsoft environment, nothing is better than a Windows Powered mobile device.
Mabuhay! ~ Carlo
Posted by microChasmTM on 30.09.03 - 09:14:51
Forgot the MPEG4 Recording capapbility of the camera. Very cool.
I didn't see any java but then again its up to the mobile operators if they add something like that.
I was also able to sync via Bluetooth to ActiveSync. Very well done support there.
Posted by Mohd Al-Falasi on 30.09.03 - 11:42:16
Thanks for the info!
when is it going to be released in the UK???
Posted by Rob Ellis on 01.10.03 - 08:53:35
Spoke with O2 yesterday - it will appear in the October brochure and be on sale mid November.
Posted by Laurence Erojo on 01.10.03 - 18:32:07
I've read the review and seen the pictures. Carlo, when will it be available in the Philippines? or is it already here? How much? thanks.
Posted by CyberSushi on 02.10.03 - 11:59:54
Looks great! I believe these phones are network locked in the UK. I live in South Africa, where there are no plans by any of the local service operators to bring the phone out.
Can you get the xda II from somewhere else where it is not network locked?
Posted by alessa on 02.10.03 - 18:53:49
I guess everything comes down to one question. when it will be available in asia (I live in thailand)? if o2 can publish a release date for every region it would be great.
Posted by dalewinterstein on 03.10.03 - 20:44:57
Cybersushi, In south africa, the xda is sold under the brand Qtek. I belive the new version will be called the IMATE here in south africa. It is the same phone which is manufactured by HTC