Not too long after HP took the wraps off the iPAQ hw6500 series, rumors began to circulate about a pair of similar cellular-wireless Pocket PCs, the hw6700 series.
In case there were any skeptics who refused to believe in these devices, HP has posted the details on the hw6700 series on its European web site.
The upcoming series will have quite a lot in common with its predecessor, but there will be a few significant changes.
The hw6500 series uses the Windows Mobile 2003 SE Phone Edition, while the hw6700 series will use the latest version, Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition. It is not known if the current models will eventually get an operating system upgrade.
The hw6500 series includes GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth. The later models will have these too, but they will also include Wi-Fi wireless networking.
In a move sure to please many, they won’t use 802.11b. Instead, they will use the much faster 802.11g.
To make room, one of the memory card slots in the hw6500 series will have to be left out. The current models include one slot for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards. The hw6700 will include only the miniSD card slot.
More Information on the iPAQ hw6700 Series
The iPAQ hw6700 series will use a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor. It will have 128 MB of Flash ROM for Storage and 64 MB or RAM for currently running applications.
They will include a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users will be able to download one city map for free. Additional maps will cost extra.
There will be two models in this series. These will be essentially identical, except for the fact that one of them, the hw6715, will have a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, while the hw6710 will not.
These devices will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). They will weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).
The details on the iPAQ hw6700 series can be found on the HP web site. Many details on these Pocket PCs can be seen when the presentation first starts, then clicking on “Product overview” when the presentation is going on will reveal more information.
Update: HP has removed all the references to the hw6700 series from this presentation. For those that missed it, a screen shot can be found here.
Thanks to Dave’s iPAQ for the tip.