The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given HP permission to release in the U.S. a series of new Pocket PCs. As normal, documents filed with this federal agency and now posted on its web site give many details of these upcoming handhelds.
There will be three models in the iPAQ rx3000 series. The major difference between them is the amount of memory.
The rx3700 will have 152 MB of memory available to the user, the rx3417 will have 88 MB, and the rx3415 will have 56 MB of user-accessible built-in storage.
According to earlier rumors, the rx3700 will use a 400 MHz processor, while the two rx3400 models will have a 300 MHz one, but this isn’t confirmed by the user manual, which only says all of these will use a Samsung 2440 processor.
The rx3700 will come with a swappable 1440 mAh Lithium-ion battery, while the other two will have a swappable 920 mAh battery. Users who would like to extend their battery life will have the option of buying a 1440 mAh battery or a 2880 mAh one.
All three of these Pocket PCs will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, which means they offer easy switching of the screen from portrait to landscape mode. This screen will be a 3.5-inch, transflective color display with a QVGA (320 by 240 pixel) resolution.
It appears that the whole rx3000 series will include both Bluetooth 1.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking.
These devices are aimed at consumers, and the user manual emphasizes the sorts of tasks that consumers might want, like how to access streaming music and video over Wi-Fi.
These handhelds will all have a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera with a 4x digital zoom. This can capture both still images and video. The maximum still picture size will be 1280 by 960 pixels. Max video size will be 320 by 240 pixels.
All the models in the rx3000 series will have the same form factor. They will be 4.5 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.64 inches thick (11.4 cm by 7.1 cm by 1.6 cm). The rx3400 models will weigh 5.2 ounces (147 g), while the rx3700 will be 5.6 ounces (158 g) because of its larger battery.
It isn’t known for sure when these handhelds will be available, but rumor places the release in July. This is also the same time HP is expected to introduce the iPAQ hx4700, its first Pocket PC with a VGA screen.
All the documentation filed with the FCC can be found on that government agency’s web site.
Thanks to PurePockets for the tip.