The Bluetooth Qualification Program has given its approval to Toshiba’s upcoming e830 Pocket PC.
This approval covers two versions of this device: one with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and another with just Bluetooth.
The item on the Bluetooth SIG’s web site indicates that this Pocket PC will use Bluetooth 1.2. This new version of this short-range wireless networking standard offers better performance when used at the same time as Wi-Fi.
The Toshiba e830 has already received FCC approval, so there’s nothing to stand it the way of it being released.
Overview of the Toshiba e830
The e830 will be an updated version of the already-available e800. All of the changes to this model will be internal. Externally, it will be essentially identical to its predecessor (see picture below).
It will have a 4-inch 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen. Because this model will use Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, its display can be easily switched between portrait and landscape modes.
The e830 will include both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO.
This device will be 5.3 inches high, 3.0 inches wide and 0.6 inches thick (135 mm by 77 mm by 17 mm).
It is not known when the official announcement for the Toshiba e830 will be, but a confidentiality request filed with the FCC says that this government agency can post all the documents it has on this handheld on September 15, a strong sign that this model will be introduced on that day.
What the price will be is not yet known, though it will probably be $600 to $650.
What is the Bluetooth Qualification Program?
In order for a product to carry the Bluetooth seal, it must go through an approval process. When this has been successfully completed, the product is listed on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site. This is somewhat similar to the process wireless devices of all kinds have to go through to get FCC approval.
More information is available on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site.