RumorMill™: First Picture of the iPAQ h4350?

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Several weeks ago, word first surfaced that Hewlett Packard plans to release the iPAQ h4000 series, which supposedly will be relatively small but offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. Additional information is now available on one of the models in this series.

According to unconfirmed reports, HP has been quietly showing its upcoming roster of iPAQ Pocket PCs to some of its corporate clients. The stars of the show are the h4350 and h4150, which are quite similar except the h4350 has an integrated miniature keyboard, typically called a thumboard. According to information leaked to Brighthand several weeks ago by someone at one of these briefings, both these models will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on 400 MHz processors. They will have 64MB of RAM and 48MB of ROM. They don’t have the fingerprint scanner from the h5500 series but do have both CompactFlash and SD slots.

Courtesy of Pocket PC Italia Now PocketPC italia.com has some additional information on the iPAQ h4350, not all of which agrees with the earlier rumor. According to PocketPC italia.com, this device will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, have 64 MB of RAM but just 32 MB of ROM.

Both sources agree that this device will offer Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth and have an integrated thumboard. However, there is a major area of disagreement. PocketPC italia.com says the h4350 will not have a CompactFlash slot. Instead it will only have an SD/MMC slot, though this will support SDIO.

The Italian site also has some additional information. Supposedly, the h4350 will have a 3.5 inch, transflective display and a 1560 mAh swappable battery. In addition, it says the dimensions will be 5.5 inches high, 2.9 inches wide, and .6 inches thick (138.7 x 74.6 x 14.5 mm). The weight will be 5.8 ounces (165 g).

Supposedly the h4000 series will be priced somewhere between the h2200 series and the h5000 series but no more accurate figures are available. It’s expected before the end of this year.

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