The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Hewlett Packard its approval to release a new iPAQ in the United States.Though leaked information had already given a fairly complete picture of this model, the documents filed with the FCC disagree with the previous information in a few areas. In addition, it lays to rest a rumor about this device's sister model, the iPAQ h4355.
It will be 4.47 inches long, 2.78 inches wide, and .53 inches thick (113mm by 71mm by 14mm), which makes it almost exactly the same size as HP's h1900 series. At 4.67 ounces (125g) is also only a bit heavier. It seems HP has essentially managed to squeeze Wi-Fi into the h1900 series without adding much to the size or weight.
The h4155 will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs on a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA255 processor. It will have 64MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. In addition, it will have a 2.8 MB iPAQ File Store, which is nonvolatile memory.
It will include a 3.5-inch transflective screen capable of displaying 16-bit color. This will be at the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. This model will also have an SD slot that supports SDIO. Happily, it will include a headphone jack that is the standard 3.5 mm, so it won't require the adapter the h1900 series needs.
According to the earlier rumors, the h4155 will have consumer IR and come with an application that allows it to be used as a universal remote. However, there is no mention of this in the user manual.
This model will include a 1000 mAh battery that is swappable. It will also come with a cradle.
According to leaked information, the iPAQ h4155 will cost $449 when it is released later this year.
The h4155 isn't the only h4000 series model coming soon from HP. The company is planning a second model, the iPAQ h4355. This one hasn't been given HP approval but the user manual filed with the FCC covers the whole h4000 series.
The h4355 will have a very different design from its series mate. This model will include an integrated thumboard to make writing emails and instant messages easier. There have been some rumors floating around that bottom part of the h4355 will slide up to cover the keyboard. According to the user manual, this isn't true.
Despite the external differences, under the hood both handhelds are quite similar. The h4355 will also run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, have 64 MB of RAM, and 32 MB of ROM. It will include the 2.8 MB iPAQ File Store.
Both handhelds will have a 3.5-inch, 16-bit transflective screen and an SD slot that supports SDIO. Like its sister model, this device will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, giving it multiple options for connecting to the Internet without wires.
The h4355 will be 5.46 inches long, 2.94 inches wide, and .57 inches thick (138.7mm by 74.6mm by 14.5mm). The weight will be 5.82 ounces (165 g). It will have a 1560 mAh, swappable battery.
The iPAQ h4355 is expected to cost $499 when it hits the market before the end of this year.
All the documentation filed with the FCC about these handhelds can be found on this government agency's web site.
Thanks to Serdar Demirel and Duncan for the tips.
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