One of the most highly anticipated devices of this year is the iPAQ h6300, HP’s first cellular-wireless Pocket PC. Though this device has not been officially announced, unconfirmed information about it has been circulating on the Web for months.
Today, even more evidence of this handheld was discovered: HP has posted a page on its support site for it. This doesn’t give any details about the h6300, but it certainly is strong evidence that this model is in development.
Other Possible Evidence
HP isn’t the only company with a page dedicated to this model. Expansys has begun taking pre-orders for the h6300. Some companies have been known to add items to their product databases based on rumors, and this appears to be what Expansys is doing. It has no details on this Pocket PC, not even a price. Essentially, it is allowing people to get on a waiting list to buy this device, when and if it becomes available.
Plenty of Unconfirmed Information
Supposedly, the iPAQ h6300 will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a TI OMAP 1510 processor, though the speed for this is not yet known. It will reportedly include 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM.
This model will include a 3.5 inch transflective screen capable of displaying 16-bit color. It will also have an SDIO-capable SD slot and a flip cover.
Reportedly, the HP iPAQ h6300 will be a Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM/GPRS device, meaning it could be used in the U.S., Europe, and almost every other country.
However, it won’t stop there. It is expected to be the first cellular wireless handhelds that will also offer Bluetooth 1.1 and Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking.
The h6300 is expected to be 4.5 inches high (not counting the antenna), 2.9 inches wide, and 0.7 inches thick. (11.7 x 7.4 x 1.8 cm) It will weigh 6.5 ounces. This model has sometimes been compared in size with the iPAQ h2215, which is 4.5 by 3.0 by .6 inches and 5.1 ounces.
Because a powerful battery is necessary for any wireless handheld, the h6300 will sport a 1800 mAh swappable one.
According to smartfone.net, this model will be available from T-mobile in June. It will cost about $600.
It will definitely be some time before this model is released. It has not yet received either FCC approval or Bluetooth certification, both of which are necessary before it can hit the market.
Thanks to Pocket PC Thoughts for the tip.