Feeds

'Mars', 'Jupiter' launches planned by O2, Asus

Carrier's new XDA partner revealed

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Cellco O2's new smart phone design and manufacturing partner is Taiwan's Asus, it has emerged after details of the upcoming XDA Zinc and Graphite - aka 'Mars 2' and 'Jupiter' - appeared, ahead of their launch, on the US Federal Communications Commission's website this week.

The carrier's decision to part ways with the original XDA manufacturer, HTC, was confirmed by Reg Hardware in September. At the time, O2 wouldn't say why it was no longer working with HTC, only that it was looking forward to building new partnerships going forward.

o2 zinc smart phone

HTC's growing unwillingness to stay behind the scenes and to establish its own name as a smart phone brand may well have encouraged O2 to switch. Smart phone seller i-mate, also a long-time HTC partner, has of late shown off devices made by companies other than HTC.

Zinc is a 3G device not unlike HTC's TyTN. It's a PDA-style device with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Specification details published by the FCC reveal it's based on a 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor, 64MB of RAM and 128MB of Flash ROM. It sports a 2.8in, 240 x 320, 65,536-colour display.

There's two megapixel autofocus camera on the back, a Mini SD slot for memory expansion, and both Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi for connectivity beyond 3G and GSM (it's tri-band) networks. Zinc measures 10.9 x 5.8 x 2.3cm and weighs 165g with the 1,300mAh battery in place.

o2 graphite smart phone

Graphite is a candybar handset. It too is a tri-band GSM and 3G device with 64MB of RAM and 128MB of Flash on board. Its PXA270 processor is clocked to 416MHz, and its screen measures 2.2in. It uses MicroSD for expansion, but the slot's under the 1,100mAh battery. It has Bluetooth 2.0 on board but no Wi-Fi.

Interestingly, the spec sheet describes Graphite's USB controller as being capable of operating in both client and host modes, so the phone should be able to connect to devices like printers and cameras to send and receive data.

Trivia fans might care to know that while Zinc is codenamed 'Mars II', Graphite is codenamed 'Jupiter'. ®

Related reviews

Nokia N73 3G smart phone
Orange SPV M3100 3G handset
HTC TyTN 'super 3G' smart phone

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.