A few weeks ago, HP pre-announced an upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC. At that time, it promised to show the iPAQ hw6500 off at the 3GSM World Congress.
HP has kept its promise, and msmobiles.com was there for the demonstration.
Although a great deal of information had been previously revealed about this handheld, some new details did come to light.
HP says this device will be available a bit earlier than expected: the second half of April. It didn’t name which carrier would be offering the hw6500, but it’s almost certainly going to be Cingular. This is the only company with a significant EDGE wireless network, and HP is heavily touting this iPAQ’s EDGE support.
It is going to cost about the same as HP’s other cellular-wireless Pocket PC. T-Mobile, the only carrier currently offering the iPAQ h6315, sells it for $600.
One version of this device will have a camera, but many companies forbid bringing cameras into their facilities, so there will also be a camera-less version.
The iPAQ hw6500 has a built-in GPS receiver, which will support the NMEA standard. The data will be available to applications running on the device through a serial port.
HP claims this Pocket PC gets good GPS reception, despite its lack of an external antenna. In addition, in places where it can’t receive signals from the GPS satellites, it will switch to triangulating its position with cellphone towers.
Update: This device has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, a Request for Confidentiality has been filed with this government agency, so most of the information that is typically found in an FCC filing has been withheld.
Still, some might be interested to learn that the hw6500 was developed by High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwanese company that specializes in manufacturing smartphones and handhelds for other companies. It makes devices for palmOne, Dell, and many more.
What little information filed with the FCC on this model that was not covered by the confidentiality request can be found on this government agency’s web site.
HP previously said that the hw6500 will run on GSM/GPRS wireless networks, and support EDGE, a wireless networking standard that can provide average speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps.
It will have a pair of memory card slots, one for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards. It will have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, but not Wi-Fi.
The hw6500 will be the first Pocket PC from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen.
This handheld will include Good Technology’s GoodLink software, which will keep the device wirelessly connected with Microsoft Outlook and Exchange, as well as other critical enterprise information.
What the Rumors Say
HP hasn’t revealed everything about this upcoming handheld, but some additional details have leaked out.
Supposedly, the hw6500 will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition on a 520 MHz processor.
It will be 4.5 inches long, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.63 inches thick.