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O2 relaunches XDA Orbit smartphone

Orbit 2 faster, adds 'super 3G'

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O2 has announced the XDA Orbit 2 PDA phone, a year after it launched the original handset.

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O2's XDA Orbit 2: upgraded with Windows Mobile 6

The O2 XDA Orbit 2 runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional, instead of version 5, while the phone’s 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor has been replaced with a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7200. The original's 64MB RAM has been upped to 128MB, and the device can now accept Micro SD cards of up to 1GB in size.

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Faster, more capacious and with HSDPA

The handset can mak HSDPA 3G connections at up to 3.6Mbps, but it still offers the original quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge connectivity should owners find themselves out of reach of a 3G basestation. Wi-Fi is on board too, and the Orbit 2 has both Bluetooth and USB connectivity options for short-range data transfers.

The handset’s camera has been upped by three megapixels. However, the device’s aesthetics are largely unchanged. It still sports a 240 x 320 pixel display and looks, well, almost identical.

O2 said the Orbit 2 will be available in Germany from December for around €99 (£65/$130), depending on contract. It will be released in the UK during the first quarter of 2008, although a price hasn't been given yet.

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