Is Windows Mobile 7 going to be available in 2008?
Paul from MoDaCo was in London for the European Launch of Windows Mobile hardware company MWg and noticed that their product roadmap showed a Windows Mobile 7 device being offered in Q4 of 2008.
I will be amazed if we do see Windows Mobile 7 devices in 2008 considering how Windows Mobile 6.1 is only now coming to market.
Windows Mobile 7 MWg presentation via MoDaCo
With the under-whelming press event in London now over the HTC Touch Diamond is now officially official… it will be out on 5 networks in the UK shortly and out in the US some time this year.
Here’s the officially official specs:
- Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
- Weight: 110 g
- Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
- Operating system: Windows MobileÂ® 6.1 Professional
- Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
- Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
- Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM,
- Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
- Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
- GPS: GPS/AGPS
- Interface: HTC ExtUSBâ„¢ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
- Battery: 900 mAh
- Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
- Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSMÂ® 7201Aâ„¢ 528MHz
We are officially unimpressed.
Phone arena has reviewed the Glofish M800 Windows Mobile 6 smartphone with VGA resolution 640×480 2.8″ screen 64MB RAM 256MB ROM, 3.5G HSDPA / UMTS plus quad-band GSM with GPRS, the SIRF Star III GPS, WiFi 802.11b, twin cameras (QVGA in front and 2Mpix flash at the back), all run by a Samsung 500 MHz ARM mobile CPU.
Here’s what they thought of it:
“Is the M800 revolutionary device â€“ definitely not. Is it worth upgrading from X800 â€“ only if you really want QWERTY (thereâ€™s nothing else new). Is it worth getting? It depends, if you are on the market for a (Windows Mobile) smartphone, the M800 is still a nice device. Although it is neither the fastest, nor the prettiest (and yes, we donâ€™t like the capacitive keys!) it is one of the few out there with a high-res (VGA) display. Of course, it has some negative sides, but it is a matter of compromise. Overall, the TyTN II is better, but only if you could live with the nowadays mediocre QVGA display. We leave the decision to you.”
(full review at phonearena)
The PalmOne LifeDrive has shwon up on amazon with the following description:
The LifeDrive mobile manager from palmOne is the perfect companion for your digital lifestyle. With a 4 GB hard drive, extra-sharp high-resolution color display and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, you can easily manage, access and share your documents and media files. Includes email support, plus MP3 player and photo viewer.Drag and drop thousands of files from your PC. LifeDrive Manager does the synchronizing for you, preserving your PC’s directory structure and ensuring you always have the most recent versions of your documents safely with you. You can store and access years of email, thousands of documents, presentations and photos, hundreds of songs and hours of video… The non-volatile memory keeps your information safe.Stay connected via your mobile phone or at public Wi-Fi hotspots. Access your POP, IMAP and Exchange email accounts and browse the web. Or, use Bluetooth to connect to compatible devices nearby.View photos and videos with the palmOne Media application. And enjoy all the songs in your personal music collection with on-board support for MP3 files. Rehearse your PowerPoint presentation, on your way to a meeting. Keep all of your important Word and Excel documents at your fingertips. Synchronize and view an Acrobat file.
Looks like Brighthand got the scoop on the PalmOne LifeDrive, Palm’s new high-end handheld that is the first handheld with a built-in hard drive (come on Microsoft: where are the Pocket PCs with this hardware??).
The current rumored spec is as follows: 415Mhz Xscale processor, PalmOS Garnet, 32 or 64MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, SD card slot, 320 x 480 pixel display, and a 4GB Hitachi hard drive.
The LifeDrive is expected to be 4.7 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches in size, will weigh in at 6.8oz, and will cost around $500.
No word yet on the hit the battery life takes from the hard drive.
Acer have launched two new Pocket PCs: the n50 and the n35.
The n35 is described as the Pocket Chauffeur due to its built in GPS receiver. It also has a SD/MMC card slot, 266MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 32MB ROM, QVGA 240×320 screen.
The n50 has a standard and a premium version:
The n50 standard features a 312MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240×320 screen.
The n50 premium features a 520MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, SD/MMC and CF card slots, bluetooth, and a QVGA 240×320 screen.
None of these devices sound particularly exciting to us, where is the 802.11b wireless, the VGA screen etc?
Acer (via PocketPCThoughts)
According to Gartner Dataquest research worldwide sales of Pocket PC devices exceeded shipments of Palm OS devices for the first time in Q3 (July-Sept) 2004.
2004 Palm OS sales are expected to be down 23% to 4.4 million compared 2003 while Pocket PC sales are expected to be up 15% to 5 million units.
When the results are broken out by company we get the top 5 as follows:
1) palmOne: 26.2%
2) HP: 24.2%
3) RIM: 19.8%
4) Dell: 6.5%
5) Symbol: 2.2%
Sorobangeeks also got some photos of the new Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 PDA.
The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is a nice looking PDA that could only be improved if it had WiFi and was available here in the US.
The Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 has a great flip-top design with a QWERTY keyboard, runs linux, has a 416mhz xscale processor, 3.7″ VGA screen, SD/MMC card slot, USB connectivity and a 4GB hard drive.
Battery life of the Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 is said to be 7 hrs, it is 4.9″ by 3.5″ by 1″ and it weighs 10.5oz.
(photos from sorobangeeks)
We’ve been on top of the X50 VGA Pocket PC reviews all day over at VGAPocketPC.com.
If you haven’t been over there here’s a roundup of all the reviews of what is now the new #1 top Pocket PC around:
PDA Buyers Guide
Dell Home: Axim X50v for $499 (free ground shipping) – 624MHz VGA Pocket PC, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, CF, SD, 802.11b, Bluetooth.
Update: $35 off with coupon on VGAPocketPC.com (October 13th only)
The Dell Axim X50 and X50v are supposed to be released later today and PocketFactory got hold of the official spec sheet in PDF format.
No big surprises, it looks exactly like the pictures we already had, and the specs are the same as we had told you in our Dell Axim X50 profile.
The only changes to the profile are the confirmation of only 64MB RAM (some people were saying 128MB) and the confirmation of the weight at 6.2oz.
The Axim X50v is a great Pocket PC and I will be ordering one ASAP to review, only negatives are the lowish RAM (although with 1gb 80x speed CF cards close to $100 these days storage space shouldn’t be an issue), and the lack of a jog dial like on the X30.
Dell Axim X50v PDF Datasheet (right click to save to your computer)