Cingular 8100/8125

Cingular has announced its 8100/8125 phones (aka the HTC Wizard, O2 Xda Mini S, Orange SPV M3000, Qtek 9100 or K-Jam). According to an Engadget posting, the same underlying phone (MDA) is expected to be released shortly by T-mobile. The specs are impressive (alghough no GPS) but a few commentators who have played with the phone (known as the Mini-XDA in the UK) have posted remarks that raise a concern about its stability. Guess I’ll have to monitor the forums before making a purchasing decision.

  • Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM
  • Edge Data
  • 802.11b Wi-Fi (integrated)
  • Bluetooth Class II (integrated)
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system
  • Integrated, sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • 2.8″ QVGA 320×240 64K Color LCD Touch Screen
  • 128MB SDRAM / 64MB ROM
  • TI OMAP 200MHz Processor
  • Mini-SD slot
  • Optional 1.3 mega-pixel camera
  • Talk time: 3.5-5 hours
  • Stereo audio jack (but apparently no external microphone jack)
  • According to the information posted on the IMATE site, the phone’s software includes support for using it as a wireless modem with IR, USB or Bluetooth. Running Skype on this phone (on Wi-Fi only) is apparently enhanced by overclocking it to 240 mhz using Overclock.

    This device, along with the HP IPAQ hw6900, are tied on my list to replace my existing smartphone.