RumorMill™: iPAQ h4000 Series to Offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Smaller Size

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Hewlett Packard is quietly showing its upcoming roster of iPAQ Pocket PCs to some of its corporate clients. Among the models being demonstrated are two members of the h4000 series expected later this year and a cellular wireless handheld that will be released in 2004.

The iPAQ h4000 Series

According to information received by Brighthand, HP will be launching a new iPAQ h4000 series of handhelds. As its name suggests, this will be positioned between the h5000 series and the recently announced h2000 series. Models in this series will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking like the h5550 but will have approximately the same size, screen, and general look as the h2210.

There will be two models, the h4350 and h4150, with the only difference being the h4350 has an integrated miniature keyboard, typically called a thumboard. Both these models with 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. These and all future iPAQ Models will have swappable batteries.

HP is hoping to have these models out by the end of this year, but this depends on getting FCC approval. They will be priced somewhere between the h2000 and h5000 series.

Though HP is showing these models off to big clients, it has not yet said anything official about them to the general public. However, the h4000 series was listed as a qualified product on the official Bluetooth Qualification Program website earlier this week, confirming its existence.

Cellular-Wireless Model

Next year, HP will also produce an iPAQ that runs on GPRS wireless networks. However, details are still sketchy on this model. In fact, it is still in the prototype stage and hasn’t yet been assigned a name.

According to sources, HP plans for it to have an integrated camera and flip cover. It will run on a Texas Instruments OMAP processor and have 64 MB of RAM.

No other details are available on this device at this time and, as a prototype, its feature set could change between now and the release.

Recently, an HP vice president said his company is developing a model with mobile phone functionality and also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, the prototype currently being demonstrated by HP doesn’t offer Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

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