Several new iPAQs are less than a month away, according to anonymous sources. While Brighthand has yet to obtain any of the new models, several readers claim to have seen them in previews to their corporations and they’ve appeared on the FCC website. One Brighthand reader claims that a new mid-range iPAQ model he saw is “the first PDA that looks like it can handle being a laptop replacement.” And a source inside HP told Brighthand that while the technical specifications for these new models are “not revolutionary,” they are “very refined.”
The h1930 and h1940 Series
Five new models in the popular h1900 series — h1930, h1935, h1937, h1940, and h1945 — are expected. All of the h1930 and h1940 models will have 900mAh replaceable Lithium ion batteries, 3.5″ transflective color TFT displays, SDIO support, and run on the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating platform for handheld computers, Pocket PC 2003, which includes Windows Media Player 9 Series. The h1900 series devices with measure 4.46″ (113.3mm) long, 2.75″ (69.8mm) wide, 0.50″ (12.8mm) thick, and weigh 4.23 oz. (120 g). The h1930 series devices will run on a Samsung S3C2410 processor running at 203 MHz, while the h1940 series devices will run on the same processor running at 266 MHz. All units will come with 64MB SDRAM, 56MB of which is user accessible.
One model, the iPAQ h1945 Pocket PC, is expected to list at $299 and will include integrated Bluetooth wireless networking support and a 14MB iPAQ File Store. It will also come with hp Mobile Print Center software. Amazon.com is already taking orders for this model, which it says will be available July 7.
The h2200 Series
HP will also introduce the highly anticipated h2200 series, its new mid-range line of iPAQs. The h2200 series looks to combine the thin, lightweight styling of the h1900 series with several high-end technical features found on the h5000 series.
The h2200 series devices will measure 4.5″ (114.3mm) long, between 2.5″ – 2.75″ (64.5mm – 69.8mm) wide (it tapers in the middle), 0.63″ (16mm) thick, and weigh just 5.49 ounces (155.6 g). They will have 64MB SDRAM or greater, 32MB ROM or greater, a 900mAh Lithium ion battery, a 3.5″ color transflective display, dual slots (CompactFlash and Secure Digital), SDIO support, and Bluetooth on select models. They will run on the Intel XScale-based Cotulla processor at either 200MHz or 400MHz.
Amazon.com has jumped the gun a bit and is taking pre-orders for the h2215, too. It is offering it at $400 and says this handheld will be available June 16. This date is either incorrect or the rumored release date for Pocket PC 2003 is off by a week. Supposedly, the new version of this operating system isn’t going to be out until June 23.
The h5500 Series
Lastly, HP will bolster its stalwart h5000 series with the release of a new high-end model, the iPAQ h5555, which is expected to list at $600. This will run the newer PXA255 XScale processor at 400 MHz. The h5455 will also make the jump from 64 MB of RAM to 128 MB of RAM. It will include 48 MB of ROM.
Amazon.com is also taking pre-orders for the h5555, which it says will be available June 30.
Now HP will have 1000, 2000, 3000 and 5000 series iPAQs, skipping the 4000 series since the number four is unlucky in many Asian cultures.