CNet.com and its sources are reporting that HP will announce the new HP iPAQ 3970 and iPaq 3950 this coming Monday. There is still no word on when the devices might hit the shelves, the only additional news so far from what was known earlier is that the iPaq will incorporate remote-control software from Universal Electronics, such as that used in some Sony Clie devices. It’s hard to get excited about that feature since most of us don’t spend $600+ for a remote control, but if it’s in the bundle who’s to complain? We’ll have more on these devices Monday.
We’ve added two new HP iPAQ’s to the system, the iPAQ 3950 and the iPAQ 3970. The main difference is a bit more memory in the 3970 and integrated Bluetooth wireless.
Some Web sites claiming to have units ordered from HP have posted limited details consistent with what we’ve reported in the past. One site in particular has posted that it will have units to ship within two weeks. I find this claim to be highly suspect though, given the fact that we’ve heard rumors that the new HP iPAQ’s failed in initial ITL tests. This isn’t surprising considering the troubles PPC makers have been having with the OS and to some degree, the chip sets from Intel. For more on this, take a look at our Toshiba e740 article here.
Also from past reports:
HP will also be releasing a 2000 series iPAQ, rumored to be the HP iPAQ 2200, to compete with the mid-level color PDA’s such as the Toshiba e310. A flood of rumors have come out regarding new devices to fill this increasingly popular niche. This effort will also be the first to differ from the standard iPAQ design. It will be much thinner and will not support the existing expansion sleves. Expect a retail price around $300-$400.
The 5000 series looks to take over where the Jornada 928 would have begun. This device will have integrated wireless and support for GSM, GPRS and CDMA out of the box. Other features may include a removable battery and a biometric scanner. The scanner is said to be used for fingerprint authentication. Hmmm, sounds expensive.