We already know from our dealings at MWC that the Zoom 2 is a beast to be reckoned with, and that probably explains (at least in part) the Symbian Foundation's decision to deploy it as its first official reference design. Clearly, you're not going to see any retail devices looking much like this bad boy -- but for developers, the important thing here is that the Zoom 2 has pretty much all the gadgetry that you'd expect to see in a high-end model: WVGA display, capacitive touchscreen, HDMI out, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM transmitter, 3G radio, 8 megapixel cam, full QWERTY keyboard, and a top-of-the-line OMAP3430 core. Sure, it runs well over a grand for the kit -- but really, is that much more than an unlocked superphone costs these days? Anyhow, the hardware's said to be perfect both for those working on the operating system itself and on apps that'll use it, so save up that dough, would-be Idou devs.

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Symbian Foundation selects TI's Zoom 2 as first reference design