iPAQ h2200 Series and Pocket PC 2003 Coming May 30?

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The description of the iPAQ h2200 series is no longer on the FCC’s site, but what has replaced it gives a clue on when these models will appear.

iPAQ h2200 Series In late March, the FCC gave its approval for Hewlett Packard to begin offering a new line of Pocket PCs, at least one of which will have built-in Bluetooth wireless networking. A few days ago, High Tech Computer, the company making the device for HP, sent a message to the FCC asking that the approval documentation be taken down because the devices won’t be available for some time. As a result, the description of these upcoming models no longer appears on that federal agency’s site. Of course, this is like locking the barn door after the horses have escaped, as the details of the h2200 series were available for almost a month.

Plus, the FCC posted the exact request for confidentiality on its site, which reveals what might be the release date for these handhelds. The letter says, “because these two products are still confidential to market until May 30, please set aside the FCC grant.” Later it says, “please also un-set aside these two grant[s] so that the information is back on the FCC website on May 30.”

Obviously this isn’t definite proof that the h2200 series will be released on May 30, but it is a strong indication. May 30 in a Friday, which would be an unusual day to announce a new handheld. Perhaps the actual release date will be June 2, which is the Monday after.

Of more general interest is the fact that users who have had an advance look at these models report that they run Pocket PC 2003. Therefore, May 30 or June 2 looks like it will be when the new version of this operating system will be announced.

More About the iPAQ h2200 Series

The screen used with the h2200 series will be a transflective TFT LCD with 64K-color support. It will have .24-dot pitch and be 240 by 320 pixels.

These will include a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot, which will have SDIO support. SDIO will allow these slots to handle peripherals besides just memory cards. This includes wireless networking cards, digital cameras, presentation tools, and more. It is not yet known if this series will be a part of the SDIO Now! program.

Unlike the iPAQ h1900 series, these models look much more like the traditional iPAQ design. However, it is not known if these can use the expansion sleeves designed for other iPAQs. They are 4.5 by 2.75 by .63 inches and weigh 5.5 ounces.

The documents that once appeared on the FCC site did not give complete details about these devices. For example, the manual says the h2200 series will either use a 200 MHz processor or a 400 MHz one. They will have 64 MB of RAM or more and 32 MB of ROM or more.

According to users who have already seen these models, there will be a version with 64 MB of RAM and another with 128 MB of RAM. Both will run 400 MHz XScale processors, which assumably will be the new PXA255 ones with the faster memory bus speed.

The 900 mAh rechargeable battery is replaceable.

It is not yet known what these models will cost.

Thanks to Rubae for the tip.

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