iPAQ hw6900 May Not Be Coming to the U.S. Any Time Soon

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There have recently been rumors Cingular Wireless planned to begin offering a pair of Pocket PC phones from HP in the near future. However, good evidence has just emerged that the iPAQ hw6940 and hw6945 won’t be out for some time.

A source familiar with Cingular’s product roadmap has told Brighthand that HP’s latest smartphones won’t be available for at least 6 to 8 weeks.

A Unlocked Version

Last week, HP began taking orders for unlocked versions of these two hw6900 series models. Those who placed orders at that time were told that the estimated shipping date was September 13, five days ahead.

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Now it’s September 13, and HP’s site still says that the shipping date is five days ahead. The fact that the shipping date gets bumped forward each day should not inspire confidence that these iPAQs will be available soon.

An Overview of the iPAQ hw6900 Series

The design of the iPAQ hw6900 series resembles numerous other smartphones currently on the market. Like many of its competitors, it has a 240-by-240-pixel display above a keyboard.

Still, it does offer some advantages. Unlike some of its rivals — like the Motorola Q and Nokia E61 — it has a touchscreen. It also offers some features many rival models lack: Wi-Fi and a built-in GPS receiver. 

This smartphone will include a 416 MHz processor, 45 MB of non-volatile storage, and 64 MB of RAM for currently running applications. A miniSD card slot offers additional storage.

There will be at least two versions of this model released in the U.S. One — called the hw6940 — will not have a built-in camera, while a second version that will include a camera will be named the hw6945.

Both versions will include Bluetooth and a 1,200 mAh swappable battery.

The hw6900 series models will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). They will weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).

HP is charging $600 for the unlocked versions of this Pocket PC phone.

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