XDA gets IQ boost

While its rival Wi-Fi smartphones settle down for a big Sunday lunch, a new slimline candybar XDA is hard at work in the O2 gym ahead of its launch ne

While its rival Wi-Fi smartphones settle down for a big Sunday lunch, a new slimline candybar XDA is hard at work in the O2 gym ahead of its launch next month.

The XDA IQ, which will look identical to the lean iMate SP5 above, doesn’t have an official spec list, but is expected to pack Windows Mobile 5.0 for Blackberry-style push e-mail shenanigans and easy contacts syncing.

Like the SP5, it’ll have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board, sport a 2.2in, 240x320 screen and a miniSD slot.

As it’s based on HTC’s ‘Tornado’, it’ll also probably be run by a 200MHz processor and be a quad-band travelling buddy.

Unlike it’s other XDA stablemates – apart from the Win Mob 2003-based SP which it could replace – the IQ will assume a smart candybar form factor that should slip into your pocket with barely a struggle.

We’re expecting to see the IQ ship from April for around the £200 mark – look out for confirmation here soon.

In the meantime, you can brush up on the big smartphone players by reading our supertest in the May edition of Stuff – it’s out on 3rd April.