FCC approvals for AsusTek within less than one week, not too bad. Looks like
AsusTek finally takes the Windows Mobile business serious and - for AsusTek even
more important - the Taiwanese ODM got some interesting customers, namely
Vodafone and O2.
After Vodafone's VDA IV and
O2's Xda Graphite, now the
O2 Xda Zinc received the FCC approval. The Xda Zinc is the Pocket PC Phone
Edition, we've seen before
already under the code name "Mars II".
Basically, the Xda Zinc seems to compete with HTC's Hermes (which is also
available from O2 as Xda trion but from O2 Germany only) but the Zinc's specs
are are slightly different with strengths and weaknesses. For instance it's a
single band UMTS (without HSDPA) and triband GSM/GPRS device only but sporting
W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 as well. On the other hand, the Xda Zinc is
featuring a 2 megapixel auto focus camera and is powered by a 520 MHz Intel
PXA270 CPU. Both, the Hermes as well as the Mars II are featuring a slide-out
It's not yet clear, where the Xda Zinc will be launched but I don't expect a
launch by O2 Germany at all because, as I've mentioned before, O2 Germany is
carrying the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion.
Cheers ~ Arne