HP Launching New Series of iPAQ Handhelds

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HP has launched its second new series of traditional handhelds in just a few months. The iPAQ rx4240 and rx4540 are consumer-oriented models with a look somewhat different from the majority of this company’s previous devices.

Both of these new models, which are being styled Mobile Media Companions, will be in landscape mode by default, though their 2.8-inch, 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) screens can be rotated into portrait mode. Virtually all previous handhelds have used a portrait orientation, but the GPS-based models HP introduced recently are also landscape oriented.

iPAQ rx4240
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In addition, their silver casings are have much more rounded edges than most previous iPAQs, giving them a unique appearance.

They run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz processor from Samsung.

The iPAQ rx4240 will have 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash ROM. The iPAQ rx4540 will also include this, but also sport 1 GB of additional Flash storage. Both handhelds will have an SD/MMC slot.

In the short-range wireless networking department, these new Pocket PCs will have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. As these are traditional handhelds, they don’t include cellular-wireless capabilities.

They are 4.0 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall, and 0.7 inches thick (10.2 cm by 6.4 cm by 1.8 cm). They weigh 4.5 ounces (127 g).

Pricing and Availability

The iPAQ rx4240 is available now… but only in Japan. The rx4540 will debut in that same country by the end of next month. The first model will sell for the Japanese equivalent of just under $300, while the second will cost a bit over $350.

When and if these handhelds will debut around the world is not yet known. But based on the way HP recently rolled out its Travel Companion series of iPAQs, these new models will be announced in Europe and North America in the next few weeks.

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