Next-gen iPAQ is wild thing!

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Next-gen iPAQ is wild thing!
By: J rgen Sundgot, from infoSync

That’s right, get your drool bucket out: Compaq’s says its new iPAQ is capable of browsing the net, managing e-mail wirelessly, and has full mobile phone capabilities!

Compaq‘s iPAQ Pocket PC has for long been considered the ultimate of Pocket PCs on the market – and the company doesn’t seem willing to let HP overtake that badge of honor with its new HP Jornada 560 series. Just recently, information ticked in that Compaq is planning to unveil its new iPAQ at the Gitex 2001 expo which takes place in the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 14th to 18th, contrary to information we had earlier received from sources suggesting that the new iPAQ would be announced on October 4th, which coincides with Microsoft’s launch of the new Pocket PC 2002 operating system.

According to Compaq, the company expects this new generation to continue what it designs as the success achieved by iPAQ products over the last year, by providing customers with the ultimate flexibility, reliably connecting them to their most essential information and satisfying the demands of today’s busy and mobile lifestyle.

The new iPAQ Pocket PC will allow customers to browse the Internet, manage e-mail wirelessly, send and receive short messages (SMS), and have full mobile phone capabilities. New technology has enabled the iPAQ with both Wireless Data and voice capabilities, and Compaq claims that this makes it the first company to show a Wireless Data and voice enabled handheld computer that can be used across the globe.

Compaq’s statements leads us to believe that the new communicator’s mobile phone capabilities that are mentioned will include tri-band GSM and GPRS support, since the device is able to send SMS messages and “can be used across the globe”. The GPRS part is largely concluded from the fact that launching such a device without GPRS today would be a disastrous move by Compaq, considering that a solution with a separate mobile phone with GPRS would be far preferred by business users to a GSM only connection that is only capable of transferring data at a mer 9,600 bps.

Compaq also goes on to say that the show will see the iPAQ as a component of a complete mobile solution. Daily demonstrations will be held displaying mobility features such as accessing a corporate network via the Internet, outlook synchronization, e-banking, collaboration and bar scanning functions to capture data of stand visitors.

“Just as we defined the PC market in the early 1990s, we are now defining the Internet access market with products like the iPAQ pocket PC and our growing portfolio of wireless solutions and services for businesses and consumers,” said Chaar. “Mobility is the key to the future and Compaq is in a strong position to deliver and far exceed expectations in this area.”

Unfortunately, no pictures are available of the new device yet, however we’ll get back to you as soon as we have someting to share.



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