After the first available pictures of the new O2 xda, recently published by msmobiles.com and XScale.de, I'm happy to provide you now a much more clearer and larger view to the xda II, which is expected to be released later this year, as mmO2 already announced:
For consumers, the xda II will offer a built-in digital camera and full multimedia messaging capability plus the opportunity to play high quality, color games thanks to inbuilt Java technology. The 65,000 color display ensures that both photographs and games are sharp and clear. Customers will be able to download games from the popular O2 Games Arcade - offering a constantly changing choice of color 'arcade' style games. The xda II will also offer access to O2's music service enabling users to select, retrieve and store the latest chart hits onto the device - and listen to them in CD quality stereo sound.
Overall, the xda II seems to follow the design of the first xda including the rounded bottom and backside which lets me hope that the xda II will work with xda accessories like car kits. Also I hope that the connector on the bottom will not be changed. Removing the antenna seems to be a good idea, so this Pocket PC Phone Edition looks sleeker and will fit better into pockets.
Unfortunately also the xda II seems to include two application buttons (beside the phone buttons) only which is not enough today. Four buttons is - from my point of view - a must but maybe mmO2 will include at least a tool to map several applications to one hardware button (which I don't believe).
O2 haven't announced so far any prices nor any closer details about the technical specifications so let us wait and see what the future brings...
Cheers ~ Arne
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