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UNVEILED: O2 Xda Zinc by AsusTek received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 27.10.06 - 15:54:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 17032x
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Three 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 thumb-keyboard:

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

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