HP Announces the iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger Series (hw6910/15/40)

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With little surprise, HP made their new line of mobile messenger devices official. The family will be referred to as the iPAQ hw6900 Series, with varying model numbers being offered in different regions. They’re based on the hw6500 family, but feature several updates including Windows Mobile 5 and WiFi.

HP iPAQ hw6900

“With the powerful HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger, busy professionals no longer need to sacrifice connectivity when away from their desks,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Computing, HP. “With the handheld’s wireless email, voice and fast data access, our customers can get more done and be more mobile with fewer devices.”

While the devices are being announced now, they won’t start shipping until Spring. This gives other Windows Mobile 5 devices a nice head start before they have more competition. The Palm Treo 700w has been selling extremely well for Verizon, which is probably painfully clear to HP, who has struggled to keep pace with the Smartphone market. Carriers will be announced soon and each carrier will set their own price for the device, though it will also likely be made available through HP at a non-subsidized price. There’s no immediate word on whether they’ll sell an unlocked version in the US, they did not with the hw6515, a Cingular exclusive.

HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger Spec Sheet

HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger (hw 6910 hw6915 hw6940)  
Manufacturer: HP
Model: iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger (hw 6910 hw6915 hw6940)
Description: The HP iPAQ hw6900 Mobile Messenger provides all the essentials to keep your business running even when you’re away from the office — phone, e-mail, and more secure access to business-critical information. At the same time, let your HP iPAQ keep life fun using GPS Navigation, the HP Photosmart Camera, and Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to play your digital music and videos.
Released: 5/1/2006
Operating System: Windows Mobile 5.0
Dimensions: 4.65 x 2.8 x 0.71 in.
Weight: 6.33 ounces
Processor: Intel PXA270 Processor 416 MHZ
Wireless: Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi (802.11b), Bluetooth 1.2, IrDA SIR 1.2
Memory: 45 MB available for persistent user storage; 64 MB SDRAM for running applications
Expansion Slot: Mini-SD
Battery Type: Lithium-ion 1200 mAh removable/rechargeacle
Audio Out: Speaker, 2.5 mm stereo headphone jack
Audio In: Microphone
Display: Transflective TFT display
Viewable Image: 3″
Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
Input Device: Touchscreen, hardware buttons
Keyboard: Integrated QWERTY
Handwriting Recognition: Yes
Digital Camera: Integrated 1.3 megapizel camera (except hw6910)
Other Hardware: USB cradle, flip cover, stero headset
Warranty: One-year parts and labor; 90 days technical support for software



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