About a month ago, a rumor surfaced that Hewlett Packard was in the process of developing the iPAQ h2200 series Pocket PC. The FCC has granted permission for the release of these devices, which will offer built-in Bluetooth wireless networking and SDIO support.
At this point, it appears that there will be at least two models in the h2200 series, one of which will have integrated Bluetooth and one which won’t. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless networking standard used to allow devices to connect together without wires. It’s frequently used to allow a handheld to use a mobile phone as a modem to connect to the Internet. An increasing number of Bluetooth-enabled devices are coming on the market, such as GPS receivers, hard drives, and keyboards.
The screen used with the h2200 series will be a transflective TFT LCD with 64K-color support. It will have .24-dot pitch and 240 by 320 pixels.
These will be dual slot devices offering a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot which will have SDIO support. SDIO will allow these slots to handle peripherals besides just memory cards. This includes wireless networking cards, digital cameras, presentation tools, and more. It is not yet known if this series will be a part of the SDIO Now! program.
Unlike the iPAQ h1910 series, these models look much more like the traditional iPAQ design. However, it is not known if these can use the expansion sleeves designed for other iPAQs. They are 4.5 by 2.75 by .63 inches and weigh 5.5 ounces.
As often happens with FCC filings, complete details about these device aren’t available. For example, the manual says the h2200 series will either use a 200 MHz processor or a 400 MHz one. They will have 64 MB of RAM or more and 32 MB of ROM or more.
The 900 mAh rechargeable battery is replaceable.
It is not yet known what these models will cost or when they will be available.
What the Rumors Say
Last month, someone told pocketnow that he had seen a demonstration from a Hewlett Packard representative of a 2200 series model. This person said there will be two models in the series.
According to this report, these devices will run the next version of the Pocket PC operating system, which is why they won’t be available until sometime this summer. There will be a version with 64 MB of RAM and another with 128 MB of RAM. Both will run 400 MHz XScale processors, which assumably will be the new PXA255 ones with the faster memory bus speed.
At this point, nothing has been found in the FCC filing to back-up the assertion that these devices will run the next version of Pocket PC.
Thanks to willem huizinga for the tip.