RumorMill™: More Info on iPAQ h6000 Series with Multiple Wireless Options

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Earlier this year, a Hewlett Packard executive said his company will be releasing a new iPAQ model with not only mobile phone functionality but also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Today, what are supposedly some more details of this model have emerged.

According to Pocket PC Italia, the HP iPAQ h6000 series will be a Quad-Band GSM/GPRS Class 10 device, meaning it could be used in the U.S., Europe, and almost every other country.

This summer, HP was quietly showing its upcoming roster of iPAQ Pocket PCs to some of its corporate clients. Someone who was at one of these briefings gave Brighthand a few details about HP’s plans for a cellular-wireless handheld. Among these was that it will use a Texas Instruments OMAP processor, though the speed is not known.

As it will be a handheld with a built-in mobile phone, it will presumably run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones. This handheld will reportedly have 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM.

Pocket PC Italia says the h6000 will include a 3.5 inch transflective screen capable of displaying 16-bit color. It will also have a built-in camera with a maximum picture resolution of 640 by 480 pixels.

The Italian site also says this Pocket PC will be about the same size as an iPAQ h2215.

It will have an SDIO-capable SD slot and a flip cover. Because a powerful battery is necessary for any wireless handheld, the h6000 series will sport a 1850 mAh swappable one.

Supposedly, the iPAQ h6000 series will be released in March of next year. The price is not available at this time.

At the 2003 Sprint Users Forum in June, HP representatives were saying that their company and Sprint are working together to create an iPAQ that will be able to connect with Sprint’s networks. It is not known if this device will be a CDMA version of the h6000.

Is WANDA Involved?

It’s possible this device will be based on a design by Texas Instruments. Earlier this year, TI announced it had created a reference design for a handheld this is quite similar to the rumored specifications of the h6000. Code named WANDA for Wireless Any Network Digital Assistant, handhelds based on this design would be powered by TI’s OMAP processors and include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GSM/GPRS. They would also include a digital camera.

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