The Latest on the iPAQ hw6500

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The iPAQ hw6500 received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) months ago. However, a Request for Confidentiality was filed with this government agency, so most of the information that is typically found in an FCC filing was withheld.

The confidentiality request wasn’t supposed to expire until June 30, but apparently someone at the FCC slipped up, because all the embargoed information is now available on the agency’s web site.

HP has already revealed many of the details of this device, but not all. The user manual that is now on the FCC’s site gives a complete picture of this upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC.

The iPAQ hw6500 will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 SE on a 312 MHz Intel XScale processor.

HP iPAQ hw6500 It will have 64 MB of RAM, of which 46 MB is user accessible. This handheld will include an 8 MB File Store.

This will be the first Pocket PC from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen. This will be 2.2 inches on each side.

Below the screen will be a backlit QWERTY keyboard.

The hw6500 will have a pair of memory card slots, one for SD/SDIO cards and a second for miniSD cards.

It will include a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users will be able to download one city map for free. Additional maps will cost extra.

HP previously said that the hw6500 will run on GSM/GPRS wireless networks, and support EDGE, a wireless networking standard that can provide average speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps.

It will have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, but not Wi-Fi.

Some, but not all, versions of the hw6500 will have a 1.2 megapixel camera capable of taking 1280-by-1024-pixel still pictures or 640-by-480-pixel MPEG4 video. This will be accompanied by an LED flash.

This device will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). It will weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).

HP says this device will be available in the second half of April. It didn’t name which carrier would be offering the hw6500, but the list is almost certainly going to include Cingular. This is the only U.S. company with a significant EDGE wireless network, and HP is heavily touting this iPAQ’s EDGE support.

The exact price is still not known, but it is expected to cost about the same as HP’s other cellular-wireless Pocket PC, the iPAQ h6315.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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