HP Makes the iPAQ hw6900 Official

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After months of rumors and accidental leaks, HP has officially announced the iPAQ hw6900, its latest Windows Mobile 5.0 device.

Despite today’s announcement, though, this Pocket PC Phone won’t be available anytime soon. It is expected to be released in the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions this spring and in North America in summer.

Other Details on the iPAQ hw6900

It has been known for some time that the iPAQ hw6900 will greatly resemble a model already being offered by HP, the hw6500. However, it will offer some features not included in its predecessor, like Wi-Fi and the latest version of Windows Mobile. It will lose a memory card slot, though, so it will support only miniSD cards.

iPAQ hw6900 This smartphone will include a 416 MHz processor, and have 45 MB of persistent Storage available to the user, and 64 MB of RAM for currently running applications.

The hw6900 will include a built-in GPS receiver. For customers in North America, Microsoft Pocket Streets 2006 will provide basic navigation and a 60-day trial of the HP iPAQ Navigation Software and Maps is included on CD to provide voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation.

For customers in Europe, this device will be bundled with TomTom Navigator 5 software. Customers will be able to download one city map for free, while additional maps will have to be purchased separately.

There will two versions of this model. One — called the hw6910 — will not have a built-in camera, while a second version that will include a camera will be named the hw6915.

Both versions will include Bluetooth and a 1,200 mAh swappable battery.

The 6900 will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). It will weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).

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