View specs for HP 928 here fromCNETAsia by Ernest Khoo If you were underwhelmed by previous Pocket PC-cum-phone hybrids like the Trium Mondo or Sagem WA3050, maybe Hewlett-Packard’s latest offering will impress you. Unveiled yesterday at the 3GSM World Congress conference in Cannes, France, the HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA) is the first two-in-one device that combines a Pocket PC 2002-powered handheld with a dualband GSM phone. It is also GPRS-ready (General Packet Radio Service) and gives you high-speed connection to the mobile Internet. The Jornada 928 is the first WDA from HP and, like the Jornada 560 series, is developed in Singapore. According to Jessie Quek, HP Consumer Business Organisation’s Asia-Pacific Marketing Manager for Internet Appliance, the unit is expected to be available in selected Asia-Pacific markets by mid-2002. In terms of design, the 184g Jornada 928 is similar to the Jornada 560 series. Measuring 137 x 77.8 x 16.7 mm, the 928 has 32MB flash ROM, 64MB RAM, a 16-bit color TFT touch screen, and an expansion slot for a CompactFlash Type I card. Under the hood of the 928 is a Texas Instruments OMAP 710 processor. As the 928 runs on the Pocket PC 2002 OS with the Phone Edition application, mobile professionals will be able to use the PDA as a regular organizer to manage information as well as to make phone calls and surf the Internet on the move. The unusual thing about the device is that in addition to the color display, at the top of the Jornada 928 is a separate monochrome LCD screen that’ll display status and information of the phone. The 928 is not just a handheld for work. According to the specifications from HP, the device will also have entertainment features including an MP3 player, games and a streaming video player. The 928 draws its power from a rechargeable Lithium-polymer battery pack which HP claims will last you for 12 hours if you use it as a PDA. As a phone, it can give you a talktime of up to 3 hours and standby time of up to 120 hours.