Live From CES HP confirms release of PDA phone, news on h1910 and h5450

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It s not clear which direction HP will take but they will either release a Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition at some point in the next six months or so. Their handheld team indicated the form factor will almost certainly be a clamshell design, which seems to be gathering quite a bit of steam lately.

 

Based on our conversation, don t expect the phone to build on the h5450 design and functionality. They re quite pleased with the reception of the h5450 in the corporate markets and probably will not release an updated model for quite a while.

 

The h1910 is also meeting expectations. HP confirmed that they have no plans to make peripherals for the device but are working directly with third parties to bring a keyboard to market in the coming months. No timetable has been assigned for this or other products.

 

Other HP notes

 

It seems they have no intention of continuing the digital camera peripheral. They are content with the efforts of third party manufacturers in this regard.

 

We did play with their Tablet PC and I think it s a pretty sharp unit. I m still not quite sure where you d use it, but does look very nice and the keyboard works very well.

 

Brian

 

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