I had the chance to get my hands on a brand new
O2 Xda orbit 2 recently,
a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS/HSDPA smartphone,
O2 Germany recently announced. While the device was a preproduction unit,
the final device will get some minor chances, I was quite impressed by O2's
latest Windows Mobile smartphone which is expected to be released in December.
Based on the HTC
Touch Cruise (aka the
O2 again decided to uses a slightly different, rounder design to better fit in
its range of Xda smartphones and the Xda orbit 2 follows the design guidelines
of its forerunner - the
The Xda orbit 2 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional which makes it a touch
screen device. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU at 400 MHz and A-GPS
support and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to
3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Furthermore it sports a FM radio, a 3
megapixel autofocus camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera for video
telephony and self portraits. The Xda orbit 2 is backed-up by 128 MB RAM and 256
MB ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards.
While the Xda orbit 2 doesn't features a slide-out keyboard, it also features
GUI, like the O2 Xda
nova and Xda star
as well as a 4-way D-Pad which additionally works as a jog wheel. The trackball,
as used for the Xda orbit isn't used anymore.
The device I got my hands on was a preproduction unit and O2 Germany will
replace the GPS and Internet Explorer Mobile keys bellow the call buttons with a
Start and OK key (as
you can see here):
Please feel free to ask your
questions in the comments bellow.
Cheers ~ Arne