HP Announces New Pocket PC Phone

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HP has recently unveiled the iPAQ rw6815, its latest Windows Mobile device. 

This will run the version of Pocket PC designed for phones, not the one for Smartphones. Nevertheless, because of its small size this will be a rather smartphone-like device.

The rw6815 will use a tablet design but have neither a built-in keyboard nor a numberpad. That will allow this model to be just 4.0 in. by 2.3 by 0.75 inches (10.2 cm by 5.8 cm x 1.9 cm). Still, it will mean users will have to dial numbers on its 2.7-inch touchscreen.

It will run Windows Mobile 5 on a 416 MHz Intel processor. Because this is a Pocket PC and not a Smartphone, it will come with software allowing users to view and edit Microsoft Office files in their native formats. Of course, it will also include a web browser and email application, plus Windows Media Player 10.

HP’s description of this iPAQ says that it will have 64 MB of RAM, 128 MB of persistent storage, and one note some might find interesting: “certified up to 1 GB”. This means its possible there might be a version of this Pocket PC with quite a good amount of built-in memory. In any case, this device will also include a miniSD memory card slot.

The rw6815 will function as a tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone. In addition, it will offer Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth 1.2.

This Pocket PC will include a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash. This will allow users to record both JPEG images and 3GP video.

Coming Where? And When?

Unfortunately for Americans, there’s good evidence that this model might not be released outside of Europe.

HP officially announced this model a couple of days ago, but only in Europe. There is no mention of it on this company’s U.S. web site.

The reason for this might be because smartphones with this general shape have sold well in Europe, but not in the U.S. Most American smartphone users want a keyboard, while Europeans in general don’t like these models. It’s quite possible that HP has created the rw6815 specifically to appeal to a specific market.

This would hardly be out of character for this company. It recently announced the iPAQ rx4000 series, which will be available only in Asia.

At least the price for this device isn’t in question, nor is when it will be released. When the rw6815 debuts later this month it will cost 317 Pounds (excluding VAT) according to HP’s U.K. web site.

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