Hitachi Brings Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to G1000

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Hitachi has released a system patch for its G1000 Pocket PC that adds support for SDIO. This patch will allow this cellular-wireless device to use peripherals that plug into its SD slot.

Hitachi G1000 The company says it has tested the G1000 with both Bluetooth and Wi-FI SDIO cards. Specifically, it has been confirmed to work with Socket’s WL6200-480 Wi-Fi card and its BL4800-392 Bluetooth card.

Wi-Fi access will allow this device to connect to hotspots in both public and private spaces. Though the G1000 can connect to CDMA wireless networks, Wi-Fi is considerably faster.

Adding a Bluetooth card will allow this device to wirelessly ActiveSync and also exchange business cards with other Bluetooth-enabled devices that support OBEX.

In addition, the G1000 now carries the SDIO Now! seal, and should be compatible with any peripherals that are also part of this program.

This update can be found on Hitachi’s web site. It does not modify the ROM, so it will reside in the G1000’s RAM.

More About the G1000

The G1000 uses an Intel XScale PXA255 processor running at 400 MHz. It has 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. It runs Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. There has been no word of an upgrade to Windows Mobile 2003.

Its digital camera can take pictures at a maximum resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. It has a 3.5 inch color screen.

The G1000 is 5.8 by 3.3 by 0.9 inches. It weighs 8.4 ounces. It has a jog wheel but not a D-pad.

This is a CDMA device and is able to place and receive phone calls and browse the Web at speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps, with peak speeds of 144 Kbps.

Hitachi says the removable Li-ion battery can power this device for up to 2.5 hours of talk time or up to 168 hours of standby time. Or it could give it about 12 hours of continuous handheld operation time.

Sprint PCS is offering the G1000 for $650.

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