Mysterious 3G O2 Helen smartphone appears

In the manner of most new cellphones, photos of a new device have emerged on the ce4arab.com forum; called the O2 Helen, it’s apparently set to be the successor to the O2 Stealth.  Manufacturer as yet unknown, the device has support for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS (although no mention of HSDPA), runs the Windows Mobile 6 OS and is powered by a 520MHz Marvell PXA 270 CPU.  MicroSD cards augment the internal 64MB RAM and 256MB ROM.



SlashGear at CeBIT: O2 party featuring the SUGABABES update

The short walk to the Germany Pavilion turned out to be nearly 20 minutes long, in the rain.  Then I waited another 20 minutes outside.  Once inside, O2 made the crowd wait over 2 hours before the SUGABABES utter a single melody.  Sad indeed.  I would have left, but the folks I went with wanted to stay – at least for the first song.  So I waited.

Enjoy the short clip of the SUGABABES opening number.  And by the way, you better enjoy it because take videos wasn’t permitted.

O2 XDA Stealth photos

Looking to these jaded eyes a little like the Nokia N80 I got my hands on the other day, the O2 XDA Stealth is emerging from its cellphone chrysalis and strutting its funky slider stuff.  Boasting 802.11g wireless in addition to the normal mobile bands, as well as 192MB ROM for all that Pocket PC action, the Stealth can readily live up to its covert name as you discretely snap industry-secrets with the 2 megapixel camera.


Unboxing The O2 XDA Cosmo Windows Mobile Smartphone aka HTC Excalibur

All hail to Arne Hess. Arne promised more info in the previous article, and he’s come through with an actual working unit of the Cosmo! I’m laying down for my 100 lashes for all bad mouthing towards the Cosmo. It’s quit a handsome Smartphone, very thin looking and yet super professional. Unlike a Pocket PC Phone, it lacks a touch-screen, running Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition. Other features include quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WLAN and Bluetooth, and 1.3 megapixel camera. The thumb keyboard looks standard, and my absolute favorite feature is the new jog strip. The jog strip looks like it’s going to be much easier to use than the traditional wheel similar to what’s currently on the Blackberry and HTC Hermes.

Arne has had the Cosmo since Monday, so it’s only a matter of time when he’ll post the full review for the world to gawk at. He did warn that this is still a prototype that’s very close to the final version, so most likely there’ll be some changes. You’re my hero Arne!


HTC Excalibur Smartphone Is O2 XDA cosmo

HTC Excalibur Smartphone Is O2 XDA cosmo

German consumer telecommunication magazine "connect" was privy to a working prototype of the HTC Excalibur.  The magazine has published more information about the device in the latest issue.  Arne of the unwired has the scoop!  The biggest news is O2 Germany will be the first to have the Excalibur under the new name O2 XDA cosmo, despite the previous dress up with T-Mobile themes.

connect reports that the O2 XDA cosmo featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone will be available during September or October of this year.  European carriers can expect the device a hell of a lot sooner than the carriers stateside – with a time frame pushing out towards the end of this year.

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