HP iPAQ rx3000 Series Revealed

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As is customary, the FCC has presented pictures and the user manual for the HP iPAQ rx3700, rx3417 and rx3415 PDAs. Perhaps the most interesting part of this data though is the rx3000 series tagline, “Mobile Media Companion.”

Here’s an excerpt on the topic from the user manual:

iPAQ Mobile Media is preinstalled on your HP iPAQ rx3000 series Mobile Media Companion. This application gives you the ability to browse and play music, photos and video collections over a Wireless Network from anywhere within your home. You can wirelessly stream video content to your HP iPAQ or play your content on PCs around your WiFi home network. You can view and share media with family and friends. And you can use the universal remote control to access your home entertainment devices.

With iPAQ Mobile Media you can:
 Play digital media stored on your HP iPAQ (Local Media mode)
 Stream digital media from personal computers on your WiFi network to play on your HP iPAQ (Media Stream mode)
 Play and control digital media on PCs connected to your WiFi network (Media Control mode)
 Transfer digital media from PCs to your HP iPAQ over your WiFi network (Media Copy mode)
 Control your home entertainment devices (Home Control mode)

More of the manual is dedicated to these features than anything else. Clearly the rx3000 series is meant to be a fun PDA that can handle business oriented tasks when it needs to. It is a bit curious that HP opted to not use the fastest processors available for this model, given the emphasis on multimedia. While it’s not likely that many applications will demand it, more power is generally better in a device of this nature. Especially if the intention is more home multimedia use than business.

Not many specs were revealed by the FCC documentation, but based on rumors and limited documentation, a few points seem clear:

  • There will be three models, the rx3700, rx3417 and rx3415. The main difference will be the amount of built-in RAM, scaling from 152MB, 88MB and 56MB accordingly. Why HP is diluting the line so much is unknown and a bit concerning.
  • Each will have the same body, approximately 4.5 x 2.8 x .64 . The rx3700 will weigh in at 5.6 ounces and the rx3400 at 5.2.
  • All units will have Samsung processors, though the speeds have not yet been confirmed. The rx3700 will have a faster CPU while the other two will offer something slightly slower.
  • All three will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
  • All three will offer user replaceable batteries. The rx3700 will feature a 1440 mAh battery while the rx3400 s will have a 920 mAh battery.
  • The screen will be the same in all three, a 3.5 QVGA display (320 x 240 pixels).
  • All three will offer WiFi (802.11b) and Bluetooth. This is how the manual reads; however it would make more sense for HP to offer different flavors of wireless much like the X30, so this could change by production.
  • Each will have a built in 1.3 MP camera capable of capturing stills (no flash) and video. The rx3700 will offer additional camera related software.
  • All three will feature a single SD expansion slot.

The release of these units is expected in July, with prices in the $400-$500 range.

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