HP Officially Releases a Bunch of iPAQs – rx1950, hx2190, hx2490 and hx2790

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The New HP iPAQ rx1950

HP has quietly updated their hx2000 line of iPAQs and released the new rx1950. The hx2000’s all get Windows Mobile 5.0 and will start at $349, while the rx1950 is a mix of new and old and will debut at $299.

HP has been terrible at providing a unified front on their latest handheld products. Their European sites have pre-empted the US several times, a few weeks ago Europe had a full preview of the hx2000 series, while the US site didn’t update until today. the hx2000 series consists of three models, a low, medium and high end. All three have several features in common, including form factor, 3.5″ 240×320 pixel display, Bluetooth v1.2, Windows Mobile 5.0 and Secure Digital and CmpactFlash slots.

HP iPAQ hx2190 – $349

The hx2190 is the low end of the hx2000 family. The hx2190 provides 64MB more memory than the hx2110 that it replaces. The specs are as follows:

  • Intel 312 MHz PXA270 CPU
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • 64MB SDRAM, 128MB ROM (80MB available)
  • Non-volatile memory
  • WiFi
  • 3.5″ Transflective TFT QVGA display
  • CompactFlash and Secure Digital expansion slots
  • USB sync cable
  • Lithium-Ion 920 mAh removable/rechargeable
  • 4.71″ x 3.01″ x .65″
  • 5.8 Ounces

HP iPAQ hx2490 – $449

The hx2490 is the medium level model in the hx220 family. Like the hx2190, the hx2490 offers 64MB more memory than the model it replaces. The specs are as follows:

  • Intel 520 MHz PXA270 CPU
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • 64MB SDRAM, 128MB ROM (80MB available)
  • Non-volatile memory
  • Bluetooth v1.2
  • WiFi
  • 3.5″ Transflective TFT QVGA display
  • CompactFlash and Secure Digital expansion slots
  • USB sync cradle
  • Lithium-Ion 1440 mAh removable / rechargeable
  • 4.71″ x 3.01″ x .65″
  • 5.8 Ounces

HP iPAQ hx2790 – $549

The hx2790 is the high end unit in the hx200 series. The total memory of the unit has not changed, though it has been re-allocated so there is more available in the non-volatile area. The specs are as follows:

  • Intel 624 MHz PXA270 CPU
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • 64MB SDRAM, 192MB ROM (144MB available)
  • Non-volatile memory
  • Bluetooth v1.2
  • WiFi
  • 3.5″ Transflective TFT QVGA display
  • CompactFlash and Secure Digital expansion slots
  • USB sync cradle
  • Lithium-Ion 1440 mAh removable / rechargeable
  • 4.71″ x 3.01″ x .65″
  • 5.8 Ounces

HP iPAQ rx1950 – $299

The rx1950 filled the lower low-end market not hit by the very similar hx2190. HP has gone with a Samsung processor for this unit and left out WiFi and some memory in an effort to push the price down. The specs are as follows:

  • Samsung 300 MHz CPU
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • 32MB SDRAM, 64MB ROM
  • Non-volatile memory
  • WiFi
  • 3.5″ Transflective TFT QVGA display
  • Secure Digital expansion slot
  • USB sync cable
  • Lithium-Ion 1100 mAh removable/rechargeable
  • 4.47″ x 2.78″ x 0.5″
  • 5.8 ounces

It’s clear that HP is trying to make a PDA for everyone, but at these price points, they’re going to be hard pressed to get the educated buyer to go their way. The pricing simply isn’t competitive with Dell, though HP does have several distribution advantages. All four units should be available in the next few weeks, with the lower end units hitting some retail outlets now.

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