An HP spokesperson has revealed that the two smartphones in his company’s new lineup of iPAQs won’t be on the market as soon as was first planned.
When these models were first announced early this fall, HP never gave specific launch dates, but indicated that the iPAQ 610 Business Navigator and iPAQ 910 Business Messenger would be on the market in the next few months.
Today, Mike Hockey, Hewlett-Packard’s Worldwide Public Relations Manager, said:
We had communicated a rolling approach to product availability at the launch in September. The products would be available at different times in different regions. For example, the iPAQ 900 series availability was always 2008 in N. America.
That said, a small number of production and supply issues discovered in the development of the recently announced HP iPAQ products will cause their availability to be later than we had hoped in some regions of the world. We’re working to deliver these products to the market as soon as we can address the supply issues with our vendors and complete necessary testing for network readiness.
According to Hockey, the iPAQ 610 is now expected to hit the market in N. America during the first quarter of next year, while the iPAQ 910 will be available in this region during the second quarter.
More About the iPAQ 910
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The iPAQ 910 will include 3G cellular-wireless connectivity; a 2.5-inch, QVGA display; and a QWERTY keyboard.
This quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device will feature tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The 910 will have a 510 MHz XScale processor, 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM.
It will also sport Assisted GPS and some versions will have a 3 MP camera.
Both these smartphones will run Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which means they will include touchscreens.
More About the iPAQ 610
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The other smartphone in this new lineup of products will be the iPAQ 610. Its most significant difference from the iPAQ 910 will be a built-in numberpad, rather than a keyboard. It will also have a larger (2.8 inch) QVGA touchscreen.
Built into the numberpad will be this model’s most innovative feature: the Smart Touch wheel. This will function as a scrollwheel, allowing the user to quickly select items on the iPAQ’s display one handed.
The 610 will have the same wireless connectivity options as the 910. Not surprisingly given its name, this smartphone will include Assisted GPS.
The iPAQ 610 will sell for $600, while HP has not yet announced the price for the iPAQ 910.