The Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP) has given its approval for HTC to release a new cellular-wireless Pocket PC.
Usually, the BQP web site doesn’t reveal many new details about upcoming models, but this one is an exception.
It is now known that the HTC Wizard will be one of the first mobile devices of any kind to have Bluetooth 2.0.
More About Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, the latest version of this short-range wireless networking standard, offers faster data transfer speeds while using less power.
It is better able to handle several functions or devices simultaneously and transfer large data files, due to more available bandwidth.
The Bluetooth SIG says that EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) will mean data will transfer three times faster, and up to ten times faster in certain cases.
Lower power consumption will allow the next generation of Bluetooth devices to last up to twice as long as current ones.
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR is backward compatible with all previous specifications.
More About the HTC Wizard
This device has been designed to mostly be used in landscape mode, although its QVGA screen supports portrait mode, too.
It will run Windows Mobile 5.0 on a 195 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP850 processor. It is not clear at this point how much memory it will have. It will include a miniSD slot for additional storage.
The HTC Wizard will have both WiFi and Bluetooth. In addition, it will support GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless networks.
What is the Bluetooth Qualification Program?
In order for a product to carry the Bluetooth seal, it must go through an approval process. When this has been successfully completed, the product is listed on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site. This is somewhat similar to the process wireless devices of all kinds have to go through to get FCC approval.
More information is available on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site.
Thanks to Duncan at FirstLoox.org for the tip.