UPDATE – New picture and specs of the HP iPAQ h5400

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HP iPAQ h5400 Specs

We have obtained more details on the high-end HP device. Thanks to a few emails and pictures from the FCC, we have a very good idea what the new HP flagship PDA will look like.

The first noticable difference ragarding prior pictures of the device is the Compaq badge is now officially gone. The antenna is also smaller, which might seem odd considering the h5400 will have not WiFi or Bluetooth, but it will in fact have both! Yes, both.

Also, here are a few screen shots of the biometric scanner interface, pretty sweet if you ask me. Not sure how many of you need this kind of security, but it’s there if you want it. Just understand that this PDA will be at least $650, likely more. But what else do you want it to do? Cook for you?

We’ve posted all the specs we know of and will be updating them as details filter in.

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CNet is reporting that HP has confirmed the release of two PDA’s in time for the Holiday shopping season. They plan on introducing the very thin 2000-series entry-level PDA and the 5000 series pictured in this article, some time in December.

While short on details, the 2000 series should debut near $300 with an SD slot and the thinnest body ever avilable in a PPC. It seems Microsoft is putting pressure on PDA Manufacturers to bring cheaper devices to the table. MSFT is concerned that the lower priced Palm OS devices are cleaning up at the low-end of the PDA market. These entry-level buyers often trade up and usually stay with the OS they are comfortable with. As it stands, it’s dificult to grow with any of the PPC’s.

The confirmed details on the 5000 series are also light, but we probably know all we need to. Look for Bluetooth and WiFi models. Some will also have the thumb scanner we’ve discussed in the past. Price points will be as high as $650.

HP did go on to say that a GPRS device would be out soon, but it doesn’t look like it will make it in 2002.

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HP/Compaq has been quiet lately…ready for rumors? Oh, and a pic of the 5000 series?

Infosync has done some digging and has produced a high-res image of the new HP iPAQ lineup. HP has been laying low since the merger, but no longer. The new 5000 series PPC’s seem to be branded under the Compaq name, for now. They are due out later this year or early 2003. My bet is they make it in time for Holiday shopping. Anyone care to bet me $5 on that one?

Full specs have yet to be confirmed but there are supposed to be as many as 6 units in the 5000 series. Look for a vanilla 64MB model to start off the low-end but these features will quickly add to the price: 128MB RAM, Bluetooth, GSM, CDMA, WiFi and biometric scanners. No single unit will have all of these, but each flavor should offer something unique. </salivation>
5000 series rumor from 5/24
5000 series rumor from 6/21

Brian

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