Mysterious iPAQ Gets FCC Approval (Updated)

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given HP permission to release in the U.S. a new Pocket PC.

However, because of a confidentiality request, this government agency has withheld the name of this device and almost all information about it. About all that’s known for sure is that this will be a Pocket PC that HTC has developed for HP.

What little information the FCC is revealing on this device can be found on its web site.

Included in this is a single picture that goes a long way toward confirming an earlier rumor.

Is This the iPAQ rx1950?

Late last month, the world got its first unofficial glimpse of the iPAQ rx1950.

At the time, some questioned the correctness of this information because this upcoming device will supposedly look virtually identical to an earlier model, the iPAQ h4150.

Although the FCC was asked to withhold most of the pictures and information about the Pocket PC it just approved, images of it during the testing process are scattered through the documentation on its site (Picture 1, Picture 2).

These show that this device will indeed look almost exactly like the iPAQ h4150.

More About the iPAQ rx1950

According to rumor, this device will be among the first to run Windows Mobile 5.0.

HP iPAQ rx1950 It will have a 300 MHz Samsung processor, 32 MB of RAM, and 64 MB of ROM, with 36 MB of this ROM available to the user for storage. An SD/SDIO slot will be available for holding additional applications and files.

The rx1950 will reportedly include a 3.5-inch QVGA screen capable of displaying 65,000 colors.

This iPAQ will definitely have WiFi (802.11b), but, surprisingly, there has been no mention of Bluetooth.

The price is also unavailable, but — given its specifications — it will probably be around $300.

Technically, there will be two models in this series, the rx1950 and rx1955, but these will almost certainly be identical, aside from the sales channel they are being sold in: business or consumer.

It is not known at this point when this Pocket PC will be released, but the confidentiality request filed with the FCC expires on September 30.

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