The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given HP permission to release in the U.S. the first iPAQ to offer built-in GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. FCC approval is an important step in this model finally becoming available to consumers.
Rumors of the h6300 have been circulating on the Web for months, and the documentation filed with the FCC confirms much of the details previously given about this Pocket PC.
This wireless handheld will be heavily focused on communication. A number of compromises have been made in order to reach this goal. For example, it will use a 200 MHz TI OMAP 1510 processor. A faster processor isn’t necessary to handle this device’s communications chores, and the lower speed means its 1800 mAh battery will last a long time between charges.
To allow users to more easily type emails and SMS messages, there will be a clip-on keyboard for this handheld. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that this will be included with every h6300 sold, but the user manual submitted to the FCC warns that it’s possible that not all versions of this device will be bundled with the keyboard.
The h6300 will include a 3.5-inch transflective screen capable of displaying 16-bit color. This will have a 240-by-320-pixel resolution.
This model will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. This is the original version of this operating system, not the Second Edition, so the h6300’s display doesn’t offer easy switching between portrait and landscape.
It will have 64 MB of RAM, of which 55 MB will be user accessible. This device will have 64 MB of Flash ROM, up to 20 MB of which will be available to the user for additional Storage as an iPAQ File Store. It will also include an SDIO-capable SD/MMC slot for storing even more files and applications.
The h6300 will be a Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS device, meaning it can be used in the U.S., Europe, and almost every other country. The user will have the option of switching between 850/1900 MHz for North America and 900/1800 MHz for the rest of the world.
This model is expected to be the first cellular wireless handheld to hit the market that will also offer Bluetooth 1.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking.
The h6300 will include a built-in camera. Unfortunately, the description of this in the user manual was incomplete when it was submitted to the FCC. It was reported earlier that there would be a version of this Pocket PC without a camera, but the user manual doesn’t have enough information to confirm this fact.
Earlier rumors of this model have said it will include a flip cover, but the user manual makes no mention of this.
This Pocket PC will be 4.7 inches high, 3.0 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick (11.9 x 7.5 x 1.9 cm). It will weigh 6.7 ounces (190 g).
It is not known when the iPAQ h6300 will first be available from wireless carriers, though it is expected to go on sale in the next few months.
All the information on this device filed with the FCC can be found on this government agency’s web site.
Thanks to Duncan from FirstLoox.org for the tip.