New HP iPAQ 3935 and 3970 on the way – UPDATE – HP will release a 2000 and 5000 series PDA too

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HP will also be releasing a 2000 series iPAQ, rumored to be the HP iPAQ 2200, to compete with the mid-level color PDA’s such as the Toshiba e310. A flood of rumors have come out in the past few days regarding new devices to fill this increasingly popular niche. This effort will also be the first to differ from the standard iPAQ design. It will be much thinner and will not support the existing expansion sleves. Expect a retail price around $300.

The 5000 series looks to take over where the Jornada 928 would have begun. This device will have integrated wireless and support for GSM, GPRS and CDMA out of the box. Other features may include a removable battery and a biometric scanner. The scanner is said to be used for fingerprint authentication. Hmmm, sounds expensive.

One last note, HP is shelving any and all plans for a Linux based PDA. They had been working on one, the X25, but no longer. Also, HP will not be making any new monochrome models. I’d venture to guess that monochrome on Pocket PC is dead and isn’t far behind in the Palm world.

In a surprising twist, details have been leaked onto our discussion baords regarding these new iPAQ devices. This rumor comes only weeks after HP shelved almost all of their announced PDA releases. I don’t know how accurate this info is, but I don’t doubt it a whole lot either.

They’ll have XScale processors running at 400MHz and improved color screens, and their Secure Digital slots will finally support SDIO. What’s the difference between the 3935 (or the 3950) and the 3970? The 3970 will have integrated Bluetooth. When will these devices be announced? Very soon, my guess is they’ll be announced by the end of June for sure and released soon thereafter.

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