O2 has announced that it will be releasing an updated version of its Xda II later this year – the Xda IIs. The smartphone is to include a slide out QWERTY keyboard as well as the long-awaited 802.11b wireless connectivity.
Although it won’t be available immediately, O2 has revealed that the handset will also feature BlackBerry push email service. O2 is suggesting that RIM’s Connect software should be added to handsets at the start of next year (and presumably you’ll be able to download the software for free if you’ve already forked out for the new handset).
Expect to see the updated phone over here in November for around £449. A further model, the Xda IIi, will follow the upgraded model. This will include a faster 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Pricing for the Xda IIi is still to be set.
Xda IIs specs:
• Windows Mobile 2003 2nd Edition Software for Pocket PCs
• 3.5″ Transflective TFT-LCD 240 x 320 pixels, 65K Colour,
• Size: 125(L) x 72(W) x 19(T) mm
• Processor – Intel PXA263 400 MHz, memory – 96MB ROM, 128MB SDRAM
• Internal antenna, Quad band, 850/900/1800/1900
• GPRS class 10
• Infrared, USB, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN (802.11b)
• Colour CMOS 0.3Megapixel camera, with mirror
• 205 grams with battery, expansion: MMC/SDIO
• 12 buttons, 5-way rocker, slide-out 39-key QWERTY keyboard
• 1490mAH LP battery
• Standby/PDA/Recover/Talk: 168/17/72/4