As part of the festivities surrounding the launch of Pocket PC 2003, Hewlett Packard has announced, but not released, three new iPAQ models: the h1940, the h5150, and the h5550. All of these include integrated Bluetooth, transflective screens, SD slots, and (of course) Pocket PC 2003.
However, these aren’t the only new models being announced with the latest version of this operating system. HP also introduced the iPAQ h2210 and Toshiba debuted the e355. Unlike the first group, both of these are already available (and Brighthand has reviews of the h2210 and the e355).
iPAQ h1940 Pocket PC
The h1940 is the latest addition to the popular h1000 series and represents a significant improvement over the original model, the h1910. The new one has more usable memory, adds built-in Bluetooth wireless networking, and includes Pocket PC 2003 Professional.
The h1940 has 64 MB of RAM, of which 56 MB is available to the user. In addition, it has a 14 MB iPAQ File Store. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t use an Intel XScale processor. Instead, it has a Samsung S3C2410 running at 266 MHz. It has 32 MB of ROM.
This handheld has the same 3.5-inch transflective screen that is one of the h1910’s most well-liked features. It is 4.46″ long, 2.75″ wide, 0.50″ thick (113.3mm by 69.8mm by 12.8mm), and weighs 4.37 ounces (124 g).
Another improvement in the h1940 is that its SD slot is SDIO compatible, which means it can be used not only with memory cards but also with Wi-Fi cards, minisature digital cameras, and other such peripherals.
It comes with a synchronization cable, not a cradle. However, a cradle will be available separately. Also available will be a spare battery for the removable 900 mAh Lithium-ion one that comes with the device.
The h1940 will cost $299. Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for this model, which it says will be available July 27.
iPAQ h5150 Pocket PC
HP has also announced a scaled-back addition to the h5000 series. It has integrated Bluetooth wireless networking but, unlike the previous model in this series, lacks Wi-Fi and doesn’t include a biometric fingerprint scanner. It uses the just announced Pocket PC 2003 Premium.
The h5150 has 64 MB of RAM and a 4 MB iPAQ File Store. It runs a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA255 processor and has 32 MB of Flash ROM.
One of the most significant features of this handheld is it is compatible with the many expansion packs available on the market for the iPAQ line, while many of HP’s newest models are not. In addition, it has an SDIO-compatible SD/MMC slot, which means an expansion pack isn’t the only option for peripherals.
It has a 3.8-inch transflective color screen at the standard 320 by 240 pixels. The h5150 is 5.23 by 3.3 by 0.63 inches (133 by 84 by 15.9 mm). It weighs 6.59 ounces (186.9 g).
Of course, the h5150 has the details one expects on a high-end Pocket PC, like an internal speaker and a 3.5 mm headset plug. However, it doesn’t have the vibrating alarm like its bigger brother, the h5550.
It has 1250 mAh Lithium-Ion battery that is removable. HP is also going to offer a 2500 mAh Extended Battery as an optional accessory. Most users won’t need to buy a cradle, as one is included with the handheld.
HP’s suggested price for the h5150 is $549. It is not known when it will be available.
iPAQ h5550 Pocket PC
HP also announced the h5550, an updated version of its h5450. Like its predecessor, the new model has a feature set sure to warm the heart of corporate IT departments. It offers built-in 802.11 and Bluetooth wireless networking. It includes an integrated fingerprint scanner as a security measure, important to businesses worried about company secrets being stored on easily stolen handhelds.
One of the major improvements in the h5550 is in memory. It has 128 MB of RAM and a 17 MB iPAQ File Store. The file store is non-volatile and applications and files held in it will survive a hard reset.
This handheld runs on a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA255 processor and has 48 MB of Flash ROM.
Like the other members of the h5000 series, the h5550 uses the standard iPAQ form-factor so already-available add-on Expansion Packs, or sleeves, can be used. It also has an SDIO-compatible SD/MMC slot.
The h5550 has a 320 by 240 pixel, transflective, display.
Even HP can’t squeeze all the features of this model into something as small as the h1940. The h5500 is 5.43 by 3.3 by 0.63 inches (138 by 84 by 15.9 mm) and weighs in at 7.29 ounces (206.8 g).
The h5500 is expected to cost $649. Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for this model, which it says will be available July 13.