HP Cancels the U.S. Release of the iPAQ 610

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HP has decided to not offer one of the smartphones in its latest lineup of devices in the U.S.

The iPAQ 610 Business Navigator had originally been scheduled for launch late last year, but was pushed back to the first quarter of 2008. And now HP has decided to not offer it in the U.S. at all.

The company explained this by saying:

Due to recent legal issues between suppliers of mobile phone technologies, HP has decided not to offer the iPAQ 610 Business Navigator to U.S. customers as previously planned.

It did not give any additional details. 

What About Europe?

HP spokespeople have been careful to say that today’s announcement applies to only the United States.

The iPAQ 610 is still listed on HP’s U.K. web site, for example, although this model is not yet available there.

More About the iPAQ 610

HP iPAQ 610

iPAQ 610
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The iPAQ 610 will be a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It will have a built-in numberpad, rather than a keyboard, and a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen.

Built into the numberpad will be this model’s most innovative feature: the Smart Touch wheel. This will function as a scrollwheel, allowing the user to quickly select items on the iPAQ’s display one handed.

This quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device will feature tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

Not surprisingly given its name, this smartphone will include Assisted GPS.

The iPAQ 610 would have sold for $600 in the U.S., while it will cost £339 in the U.K.

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