New iPAQ May Offer GPS, Larger Screen

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Newly leaked photos seem to reveal the existence of multiple models in HP’s new iPAQ multimedia line, one of which includes built-in GPS and a larger screen.

A few days ago, HP announced the rx4000 Mobile Media Companion, a Pocket PC with a 2.8-inch screen and a focus on multimedia. 

Today, new images were posted by a user of that show the iPAQ rx4000 series model previously reported alongside a larger device of similar design with a front directional pad and bigger screen.

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Estimating from the known 2.8 inch display on the smaller model, the larger device seems to have an approximately 3.5 inch screen, probably QVGA.

Displayed on this screen is an icon indicating the presence of a built-in GPS receiver. Further images show that both models have similar side buttons and memory card slots, probably SD/SDIO.

Also to be found on the screen of the new device is an icon depicting a free storage capacity of at least 565 MB. While it is possible that this represents a memory card, it seems highly unlikely, adding weight to reports that at least one of the new iPAQs will have 1 GB of internal flash memory.

The larger device is labeled as a “Travel Companion,” which would explain the presence of built-in GPS. It’s unclear whether or not Wi-Fi is present in both models, or only on the smaller one, but it seems logical that the larger and apparently high-end device would include it.

Also unknown is the name of the newly revealed model. Some sources refer to it as the rx4560, others as the rx5000.

Coming to America?

HP has already said that the rx4000 series will only be available in the Asia-Pacific region, but that leaves open the possibility that the larger model will be released elsewhere in the world.

Whether it will be is anyone’s guess, because HP has yet to announce pricing, availability, or where this devices will be available.

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