The T-Mobile MDA IV is a Baby Tablet PC

The T-Mobile MDA IV – Engadget

Looks like the next generation of Windows Mobile devices are starting to pop up. It’s about time, too – the Windows Mobile scene was starting to get kind of stale.

This is the T-Mobile MDA IV. It’s a Pocket PC Phone Edition device with a swivel VGA screen (a la a convertible Tablet PC), high speed UTMS wireless data, QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, Bluetooth, and two digital cameras (one for stills, and one for video). No specs so far on processor or memory capacity. (Edit: Jorgen Sungdot over at InfoSyncWorld has some more details and high res photos. Apparently the CPU will be a 520MHz Intel XScale. Nice.

What struck me the most about this design is how much is resembles a baby Tablet PC, in that it can be used in both “tablet” and “hinged with keyboard below the screen” modes. Very clever, and very interesting.

Read on for more details and photos.

My German is a little rusty, and I’m too lazy to babelfish it, but I believe that the linked article says that the device will be manufactured by HTC (like the 3 previous incarnations of the MDA), and should be available in the 3rd quarter of 2005. Of course, that applies to T-Mobile Deutschland – who knows when/if we’ll ever see this cool device here in the U.S.

Here are a couple more photos: