CeBit America 2003 – HP Confirms Plans to Release new iPAQ PDAs: h2210, h2215

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HP made an announcement today at the first ever CeBit America show that they have plans to release a number of new mobility products including the iPAQ h2210 and the iPAQ h2215. Both units are roughly identical, but feature slightly different software packages and leverage different distribution channels.

Half of their release covered new Tablet PCs, but this is the section of interest to PDA fans:

Handhelds

HP will expand its portfolio of handheld products with the planned introduction of several new HP iPAQ Pocket PC models next week, including the HP iPAQ H2210. This new, lightweight device features both a Secure Digital and Compact Flash Type II slot, as well as built-in Bluetooth connectivity. The dual-slot expansion offers customers the flexibility to increase Storage as well as extend the capability of the iPAQ device based on which card best fits their needs.

Built-in Bluetooth connectivity across a range of iPAQ products allows users to connect to a Bluetooth cell phone, enabling users to access wireless GPRS or CDMA networks to download information from the Web or tunnel into corporate data. This configuration gives users the flexibility to carry the appropriate solution to meet their data and communication needs wherever they may be.(4)

Bluetooth connectivity also allows users to synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices, as well as print to Bluetooth enabled printers.

To provide simple, easy mobile printing from an IPAQ handheld, HP provides a ready-to-use application that users install on their devices to enable direct printing for various content types to enabled printers.

These new notebook and handheld devices form an integral component of HP‘s evolving wireless and mobility solutions strategy to deliver solutions in the areas of mail and messaging, sales force automation, field force automation and public wLAN. Customers get the best of all possible worlds leading-edge hardware; innovative software, worldwide services delivery — all based on open industry standards.

 

While the new units are not yet on HP’s main site, we have a solid idea as to what to expect:

iPaq 2215

Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Model: iPAQ h2215
Description: The small and sleek iPAQ Pocket PC h2215 has the optimal combination of features, performance, and expandability that allow individuals and mobile professionals use of their pocket pc seven days a week at home, at work, and on the go.

A broad range of features, BluetoothTM, expansion capabilities and multimedia make the iPAQ Pocket PC h2200 series unit essential for you to communicate, access and manage information when you want.
Released: 6/16/2003
Operating System: Pocket PC 2003
Dimensions: 4.5″ (114.3mm) long, between 2.5″ – 2.75″ (64.5mm – 69.8mm) wide (it tapers in the middle), 0.63″
Weight: 5.49 ounces
Processor: 400MHz XScale Based Cotulla Processor
Wireless: Integrated Bluetooth
RAM: 64MB SDRAM, 32MB ROM
Expansion Slot: SDIO, CF
Battery Type: Replacable Lithium Ion
Audio Out: Speaker, stereo jack
Audio In: Mic
Display: 16-bit Color with Transreflective TFT
Keyboard: No
Handwriting Recognition: Yes
Pixel Pitch: 240 x 320
Viewable Image: 3.5″
Digital Camera: No
Other Hardware: USB Cradle
Warranty: 1 year

The new iPAQs are set to begin shipping June 23rd and are selling for under $400.

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