Another Sign the iPAQ rw6800 Series Drawing Closer

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Over the last month or so, there have been several signs that HP intends to release a new cellular-wireless Pocket PC, the iPAQ rw6800.

According to a report in a Chinese newspaper last month, this will be a re-branded version of a device code-named Atom. This device is already being sold in Europe as the XDA by wireless carrier O2.

It appears that the release of HP’s device might be drawing closer, as the rw6800 has received approval from the Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP).

More About the Atom/O2 XDA

Unlike HP’s hw6000 series of Pocket PC phones, the Atom doesn’t have a built-in keyboard. Instead, it has a traditional tablet design, with four buttons and a D-pad below a 2.7-inch, QVGA screen.

Atom/O2 XDA Nevertheless, this handheld still offers GSM/GPRS/EDGE. It also has Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth 1.2.

It runs Windows Mobile 5.0 om a 416 MHz Intel XScale processor, and has 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of persistent storage.

For additional storage, the Atom includes a miniSD slot.

When released by HP, there will be two versions of this device: the rw6818 and the rw6828. It is virtually certain that the only difference between these will be that one will include a 2 megapixel digital camera, while the other will not.

It is being built by Compal.

It is not known at this time when HP’s version of the Atom will be released, or what it will cost.

What is the Bluetooth Qualification Program?

Bluetooth Logo In order for a product to carry the Bluetooth seal, it must go through an approval process. When this has been successfully completed, the product is listed on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site. This is somewhat similar to the process wireless devices of all kinds have to go through to get FCC approval.

More information is available on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site.

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