Looks like this might be the reason the XDA II was never released by T-Mobile here in the U.S. – they could have been holding off for this unit:
The big news from the photos seem to be the slide-out QWERTY keyboard and six application face buttons (plus two phone buttons). That’s more face buttons than any other Pocket PC I know of. MSMobiles.com is also reporting that this unit will have integrated 802.11b WLAN. Other than that the specs seem to be similar to the XDA II – 400MHz XScale processor, SDIO, 128 MB RAM, Bluetooth, and a 0.3 MP integrated camera.
This looks like a great Pocket PC Phone Edition device, and feature-wise, looks like it will go toe-to-toe with the upcoming Motorola MPx dual-hinged device (integrated QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, etc.). Hardware design-wise, I’m not sure which I like better. The MPX seems like it’s more compact, and as a clamshell/flip device, has built-in screen protection, so that might give it an edge in some people’s eyes. But the MDA III has a full-size PDA screen, and a design that might be more familiar to some.
I say, bring them both on, and let’s have a Pocket PC Phone Edition fight to the finish. May the best gadget win!