The Bluetooth Qualification Program has given its approval to a pair of iPAQs, neither of which has been announced by HP.
Both the iPAQ rx3400 and the iPAQ rx3700 now have permission to use the Bluetooth logo. They will use Bluetooth 1.1, not the newer Bluetooth 1.2, which offers better performance when used at the same time as Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site does not give any additional information about these upcoming models. However, a description of them was leaked last month to MobileGadgetNews.
Until now, these handhelds have been known by their code-names, Gable and Monroe. Reportedly, these will be consumer-oriented devices, rather than being targeted at business users.
The iPAQ rx3400 will include a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. It will run Windows Mobile SE on a 300 MHz processor and will offer 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM. Its 3.5-inch screen will be QVGA.
This Pocket PC will have a single SD slot that supports SDIO. It will be bundled with a cradle and will cost $399.
Supposedly, both these handhelds will have the same form factor and have been designed to act as universal remote controls. They will come with software for this, and also have extra-powerful infrared ports.
Although the details currently aren’t clear on this, both of these models will be able to record and playback MPEG video, suggesting they may be usable as digital video recorders.
The iPAQ rx3400 and the iPAQ rx3700 are expected to be released by HP next month. At the same time, this company will introduce the iPAQ hx4700, its first Pocket PC with a VGA screen.
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.
However, when an FCC approved device is posted on that government agency’s web site, it is accompanied by documents that give a great deal of information about it. This is not true of the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site, where a bare mention of the device is all that is given.
More information is available on the Bluetooth Qualification Program web site.
Thanks to Duncan from FirstLoox.org for the tip.