To mark the introduction of its 3G service for consumers, O2 is launching the only own-branded 3G handset in the UK market to date - the competitively priced O2 X4. Based on the highly successful design principles of its existing X-range of handsets, which includes the popular O2 Xda II, the O2 X4TM sports a sleek clamshell design with a high-quality 262,000-colour main screen display. The O2 X4 is equipped with a 1.3 mega pixel camera with an 8x zoom lens and advanced 'flash mechanic'. It also includes an MP3 music player, video downloading and streaming capabilities, 10Mbytes of phone memory and 64Mbytes of additional capacity via a removable memory card.

Surprisingly, O2 cannot seriously expect the clamshell to be a big hit. For starters it does not have Bluetooth. Other may harp on about 3G but what about plain old connectivity? The X4 is not some lower segment phone that we can forgive this absence. We do have a USB port but given an option between wired and wireless connectivity is no option at all. Then again, 3G does not mean that it can compulsarily support video calls. The handset has the advantage of being 3G which means faster downloads but note that it does not allow video calls. The design isnt thrilling either, its just a plain clamshell. Reminds one of the X3 in more than one way, the major difference is only the inclusion of 3G.


  • General
    • Network UMTS / GSM 900 / GSM 1800
    • Announced 2004, 4Q
    • Status Available
  • Size
    • Dimensions 90 x 45 x 24 mm
    • Weight 116 g
  • Form Factor Clamshell
  • Display
    • Type TFT, 256K colors
    • Size 176 x 220 pixels
      • Second external 4096 colors display
      • Downloadable pictures
  • Ringtones
    • Type Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3
    • Customization Download
    • Vibration Yes
  • Memory
    • Phonebook 500 entries, Photo call
    • Call records Yes
    • Onboard Memory 10 MB
    • Card slot mini-SD, 64 MB Card included
  • Camera 1.3 MP, 1280x960 pixels, video, flash
  • Features
    • GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots)
    • Data speed 32 - 48 kbps
    • Messaging SMS, MMS
    • Clock Yes
    • Alarm Yes
    • Infrared port Yes
    • Games Yes + downloadable
    • Colors
    • Java MIDP 2.0
    • MP3 player
    • WAP 2.0
    • xHTML browser
    • T9
    • Currency converter
    • Stopwatch
    • USB port
  • Battery
    • Standard battery, Li-Ion
    • Stand-by Up to 180 h
    • Talk time Up to 3 h

O2 X4 Overview - Phoney World
O2 X4 User Opinions - GSM Arena
O2 3G handsets go on sale - The Register
3G Forum: O2 3G Launch + 3G "X4"!
O2 unveils 3G handsets - Tech Digest
O2's X4 3G on a budget arrives - Tech Digest
Budget 3G comes 2U from O2 - Guardian
Mikey's review: O2's X4 3G phone - Tech Digest

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