Those interested in getting HP’s newest smartphone, the iPAQ hw6500, are once again left wondering if an upgrade to the latest version of Windows Mobile will be released.
Last week, responding to rumors that there would be no operating system upgrade for this device, an HP spokesperson in Italy told Pocket PC italia.com that there definitely would be.
Today, however, Mobinaute is reporting being told by an HP spokesperson in the U.K. that there will be no Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for the hw6500.
Instead, the only cellular-wireless iPAQ that will run Windows Mobile 5.0 will be the hw6700 series, which is expected to debut next year.
This will be similar to the hw6500, but will include WiFi (802.11g). More information on this model is available in this article.
Who Is Correct?
These conflicting reports have left potential hw6500 buyers scratching their heads.
It will be a bad blow to this device if it can’t be upgraded from Windows Mobile 2003 SE to Windows Mobile 5.0.
Among other things, this would mean that these smartphones could not use the push email system that Microsoft is going to unveil this fall.
Perhaps the best evidence is what HP hasn’t said. This spring, it released a list of which iPAQs would be getting Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrades.
The hw6500 isn’t on the list.
More About the iPAQ hw6500 Series
The iPAQ hw6500 series runs the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 SE on a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor.
Currently, there are two models in this series. These are essentially identical, except for the fact that one of them, the hw6515, has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, while the hw6510 does not.
These are the first Pocket PCs from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen. This is 2.2 inches on each side.
Below the screen is a backlit QWERTY keyboard, making this device strongly resemble a Treo or a BlackBerry.
The hw6500 series runs on GSM/GPRS networks, and includes support for EDGE.
These models also have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, plus one slot for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards.
They include a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users are able to download one city map for free. Additional maps cost extra.
There is a lot of evidence that Cingular is going to start offering the hw6500 series in the near future.