In an announcement that’s sure to please iPAQ users everywhere, HP has announced when it will release a long-awaited operating system upgrade for its flagship handheld.
But that’s all going to change next month. An HP web site based in Europe says that this upgrade is scheduled for release on March 1.
The company hasn’t announced a price for this, but it is likely to cost the same as the Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for the hx2000 series: $40.
Why the Delay?
HP has never publicly announced exactly why it is releasing this upgrade many months after it introduced similar ones for other iPAQs.
All the company has said is that it was caused by “unforeseen extended delays in the availability of a critical 3rd party driver.”
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the driver in question was for the hx4700’s VGA screen.
More About the iPAQ hx4700
The hx4700 was the first iPAQ to include a 4-inch VGA display.
This device has 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM. This arrangement allows it to have 55 MB of RAM available to the user and an 80 MB iPAQ File Store. This file store is non-volatile memory, which means it won’t be erased if the device undergoes a hard reset.
The hx4700 includes both 802.11b and Bluetooth 1.2 wireless networking.
It also includes a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO.
This iPAQ doesn’t have a D-pad. Instead, has a small touchpad below the screen intended to be used with a fingertip. This means this device uses an on-screen cursor.
More information on this Pocket PC can be found in Brighthand‘s review.