According to GSMhelpdesk who covered the Munich launch event hosted by T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile will release three devices soon in Europe. Two of these devices, the MDA Compact IV and the Amero are variants of the HTC Diamond which we will have a review of soon, and the HTC Advantage (http://www.mobiletechreview.com/HTC-Advantage-X7510.htm). But this is the first official announcement of availability for the MDA Vario IV (code named Raphael by HTC) - think of it as the HTC Diamond with a QWERTY keyboard. Here is the report from the folks who covered the event:
T-Mobile MDA Vario IV Totally unexpected, T-Mobile also announced the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV today. The device is a real messenger filler thanks to the full slide-out QWERTY keyboard what the Vario series is known for. It's the ideal extension piece of the computer or the office for e-mail, SMS, multimedia messages, contacts and dates. The MDA Vario IV will come to the shops at the end of the Summer.
The device has, just like the Compact IV, HSDPA support for speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s. Video telephony, an expanded video and musicplayer, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a built-in GPS receiver can be see as the "key features" of the device besides the mobile internet access.
T-Mobile and HTC today presented the next level of innovation in their MDA range at an international press conference in Munich: The new MDA compact IV. T-Mobile will offer the latest member of the successful MDA family across Europe with an exclusive design from July 2008. The MDA compact IV is characterized by intuitive usability via a 3D touch screen, as well as extensive multimedia features and high-performance mobile technology. A further milestone in the successful technology partnership between HTC and T-Mobile is the new MDA Vario IV, due in late summer 2008 as announced by Florian Seiche, Vice President HTC Europe Co. Ltd, and Eva Wimmers, Executive Vice President Terminal Procurement T-Mobile International.
MDA compact IV ? multimedia pro with 3D touch screen The MDA compact IV has a high comfort factor thanks to the new 3Danimated interface on the large touch screen (640 x 480 pixels). The pinsharp VGA screen makes it particularly easy to use T-Mobile services such as the MyFaves community service, or the web?n?walk Internet service, as well as the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. The innovative PDA phone with an exclusive T-Mobile design features integrated HSDPA and HSUPA technology for rapid Internet communication via web?n?walk, with speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second. In addition, an integrated GPS module enables mobile navigation. Further top features are a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera and 4 GB of internal memory.
At the press conference in Munich, T-Mobile Manager Eva Wimmers highlighted the benefits that customers gain from the partnership between T-Mobile and HTC: "T-Mobile is making the mobile Internetreality. We are bringing communication, information and entertainment right to where our customers want and need it ? quickly, simply and conveniently. With HTC, we have just the right technology partner on our side to enable us to offer the best mobile services and exclusive devices for connected life and work."
"HTC and T-Mobile share a common vision to bring the most innovative and enjoyable mobile experience to consumers. The MDA compact IV is the result of our close cooperation ? a device that combines a compact, sleek design, a powerful 3D user interface and broadband speeds." said Florian Seiche. ?We have worked hard to integrate T-Mobile services and features, to deliver the best possible experience."
MDA Vario IV ? organizer for on the move E-mails, contacts, dates: From late summer 2008, the MDA Vario IV from T-Mobile will ensure even more convenience in the mobile office. A special feature of the organizer for use on the move is the large, slide-out complete QWERTY keyboard. Just like a PC keyboard, it has five rows of keys, making it best in class in terms of mobile devices. Like the MDA compact IV, the new MDA Vario IV also offers convenient mobile Internet access via web?n?walk using HSDPA technology with speeds of up to 7.2 Mbit/s. Video telephony, video and music player, and a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera as well as integrated GPS module round off the device's top features.
Ameo 16GB ? all-rounder for mobile professionals The Ameo 16GB will be launched in June 2008. As successor to the T-Mobile Ameo launched in January 2007, the device combines state-ofthe- art computer functions, mobile broadband technology and a phone with an innovative design. Users can operate the device either with or without the full QWERTY keyboard. When pressed, the keys now have a perceivable effect and thus offer maximum convenience, even when writing longer texts. The Ameo 16GB is much smaller and lighter than a minilaptop, but slightly bigger than a PDA. Essential new features of the device include hard disk capacity that has been doubled to 16 GB, and the Windows Office Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, which supports Office 2007 file formats.
The technology partnership between HTC and T-Mobile With the MDA family, HTC and T-Mobile have established a pioneering group of devices in the market. The new MDA compact IV is the latest product from the long-term partnership between one of the world's leading manufacturers of smartphones and PDA phones with Microsoft Windows Mobile software and one of the most successful international mobile providers. The MDA series stands for rapid, mobile Internet, flexible working and infotainment for on the move, as well as convenient mobile navigation.