The long-rumored iPAQ 4000 series from Hewlett-Packard appears to be a reality. Today the HP iPAQ h4100 series Pocket PC was listed as a qualified product on the official Bluetooth Qualification Program website.
No details of the new device are available.
Rumors and Speculation
However, much speculation about an “iPAQ4 series” has gone on in the handheld enthusiast community since last fall. Many expect the device to sport a clamshell design, with a landscape-oriented half-VGA display, and a built-in keyboard (see concept pictures below [Editor’s Note: Pictures have been removed at the request of ThinkOutside]), while others suspect that it will have GPRS wireless technology.
Last year, an HP executive gave a presentation in which he talked about emerging technologies, including new handheld designs. One of these was an iPAQ sporting a clamshell shape with the handheld on one side and a keyboard on the other. However, this was simply a concept design, and there is no way to know if the company actually plans to release this device.
In June, BargainPDA.com reported being told by HP representatives that their company plans to release an iPAQ h4000 series, which will include an integrated thumboard and some form of short-range wireless networking, like Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth. It was also reported that this handheld would be out by the end of this year.
In February, DigiTimes reported that High Tech Computer (HTC) would be making a new handheld with integrated GPRS for HP, which it referred to as the iPAQ4.
Recently, an HP vice president said his company is developing a model with mobile phone functionality and also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This isn’t expected until 2004.