Dell and HP have battled over the title for worst ever product launch to be kept under the covers. In the end, they both lost with almost every detail possible leaking onto the internet prior to the official announcements today.
So here’s the deal. We all know pretty much whatever can be known about the HP devices. It’s late, so I’m skipping the editorial to just post the release here:HP Introduces Thinnest, Lightest Pocket PC Plus A New iPAQ with Biometrics Security and Integrated Wireless
Award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC Lineup Expanded to Offer Customers Handheld Computing Options to Fit Their Life and Work StylesPALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2002
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded the world’s No. 1 selling Pocket PC family by announcing the thinnest and lightest Pocket PC ever — the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 — priced at only $299.(1) In addition, the company introduced the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 — the industry’s first handheld to integrate biometrics security, wireless LAN network access(2) (802.11b) and Bluetooth wireless capability.
“HP continues to drive the future of computing with innovative handhelds that connect people and businesses with their critical information,” said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, HP Mobile Computing Global Business Unit. “With the introduction of the thin and light iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 and the wireless iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 with enhanced security, we continue to drive industry-leading innovation with industry-leading value.”
Thinnest and Lightest Pocket PC on the Market
The award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 is designed for the individual on the go, offering an ideal combination of features and distinctive design to fit an active lifestyle.
The thinnest and lightest Pocket PC on the market, the device features the same legendary screen technology as the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h3900 series and the new h5450. This transflective liquid crystal display combines the rich color saturation and high contrast of a backlit TFT display, while maintaining the ability to view the screen outdoors in bright sunlight.
The iPAQ h1910 has 64 MB RAM, a secure digital (SD) expansion slot for additional storage, a removable slim battery and a synchronization cable. This model is powered by Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC 2002 and the 200-MHz Intel X-Scale PXA250 applications processor for accelerated multimedia and security. This model is available in the United States and has an estimated street price of $299.
A variety of optional accessories are available, including a USB cradle with an extra battery slot for charging, extra styli, a spare lithium-ion slim battery and auto adapter.
Versatile Wireless iPAQ Pocket PC with Enhanced Security
Designed for the mobile professional, the feature-rich HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 is a versatile wireless device with enhanced security. This robust model offers a true “office in your pocket” and is the industry’s first handheld to integrate biometrics security, wireless LAN and Bluetooth.
A thermal biometric fingerprint reader helps to ensure that critical data is protected from unauthorized access. The fingerprint registration process authenticates the owner’s unique fingerprint, allowing access with a simple fingerprint swipe. Users also are given the option to combine this with a PIN and/or password.
Through high-speed wireless LAN networks, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 allows access to information when connected to a corporate network or wireless “hotspot,” making it an ideal component of any mobile business solution. The iPAQ h5450 also can connect to a Bluetooth phone to access remote data while waiting for a flight, meeting with customers or sitting in a hotel.
Continuing HP‘s leadership in providing the best handheld display technology, the iPAQ h5450 incorporates a dazzling transflective display. The device also includes a secure digital input/output (SDIO) expansion slot, removable slim battery (1250mAh,) 64 MB of RAM and up to 20 MB of iPAQ File Store (non-volatile flash storage).
This model is powered by Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC 2002 and a 400-MHz Intel X-Scale PXA250 processor for accelerated multimedia and security. The estimated street price is $699.(3)
The iPAQ h5450 incorporates a wide range of applications and solutions such as iPAQ Backup utility and the Nevo universal remote control. Additional offerings highlighted on the Companion CD include:
- Voice over IP software;
- Wireless email and calendar access software;
- Ad-hoc wireless file sharing and messaging;
- Real-time setup and management of conference calls;
- Persistent application connectivity when roaming in and out of coverage or wireless connectivity;
- Mobile Catalog for Pocket PC; and
- Secure VPN access.
New accessories for the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 include:
- Slim and extended removable batteries;
- New desktop cradle with improved access to the biometric fingerprint reader;
- Enhanced rugged case;
- New line of custom cases; and
- Line of headsets.