Dell and HP are well established rivals, this week Dell will release the Axim X3 handheld device, we’ll have the review and scoop on that device for you. HP will announce many new devices at the ITU Telecom World 2003 show in Geneva, we know two of these will be the WiFi enabled iPaq 4135 and iPaq 4335, but there’s also a rumored GPS iPaq device waiting in the wing.
Dell’s new Axim X3 will be released this Wednesday. Dell will release the new Axim X3 in three different configurations, although they have not commented on pricing yet, the rumored beginning price point will be $200 for the low end 300 MHz device and likely just below $400 for the high-end 400 MHz device with built in WiFi. The Axim X3 will be much thinner and lighter than the Axim X5, but this is not a replacement product for the Axim X5. The X3 will not have Compact Flash expansion capability, just Secure Digital, so Dell will keep the X5 around for consumers that want a device with long battery life and CF expansion capability. Our take and review on the X3 will be posted as soon as the clock says it’s showtime for Axim X3, which means just after midnight EST on Wednesday.
Dell Axim X3
HP will not release any products this week, but the ITU Telecom World 2003 show will be a big announcement setting for them. Brighthand reports that HP will announce two new iPaq devices, the iPaq 4135 and iPaq 4335 on Monday. The iPaq 4135 is pictured above. The 4335 device will have an integrated thumbpad for text entry which will offer an interesting twist and look for the iPaq series. Internally these devices will be the same and look like the 1900 series. These devices will not ship until late October and mid-November, but still in time for the holiday season. Both devices will have built in WiFi and Bluetooth, they are part of HPs big push into mobile technology. According to Shane Robison, HP’s chief technology officer, “Our (HP’s) goal is one thing: to drive the next wave of growth for HP and for mobility.” HP will also be announcing a new Tablet PC and bluetooth printers. They will announce a handheld with Global Position System technology built in, although it is not clear if this will be a new iPaq device or separate product line. Stay tuned this week and we’ll fill you in on all the details of course.