RumorMill™: HP Preparing iPAQ 5500 Series

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Hewlett Packard is putting the finishing touches on a new high-end iPAQ model, according to PocketPcItalia.com. This will be an updated version of the h5450 to be called the h5550.

Reportedly, this model will use the new PXA255 XScale processor running at 400 MHz. The PXA250 used in the current h5400 series is also 400 MHz but the new version offers a faster memory bus leading to improved real-world performance. It also uses the less power. The h5450 will make the jump from 64 MB of RAM to 128 MB of RAM. It will include 48 MB of ROM.

This handheld suposedly will also run Pocket PC 2003, which means it won’t be available for at least another month. The latest information hints that the next version of this operating system will be released around the beginning of June.

The h5500 series has the same appearance as the current one and will also offer many of the same features, like integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking and a fingerprint scanner for biometric security. It will also have an SD slot that supports SDIO.

PocketPcItalia.com gives no source for this information.

Also Coming from HP

HP is expected to release the iPAQ h2200 series at the end of May. This handheld has already been approved by the FCC but recently its documentation was removed from the that federal agency’s site at the request of the manufacturer. This was replaced with a note from the manufacturer saying that the files could be re-released on May 30.

The h2200 series will be a smaller model than the h5500 series. According to rumor, there will be a version with 64 MB of RAM and another with 128 MB of RAM. Both will run 400 MHz XScale processors, which assumably will be the new PXA255 ones with the faster memory bus. These handhelds reportedly will also run Pocket PC 2003. They will include a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot, which will have SDIO support.

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