HP Announces New Line of iPAQs
26 July 2004 by axxxr
HP announced a series of new models in its successful iPAQ line of Pocket PC devices.Including new smartphone.
Extending the product beyond traditional personal digital assistants (PDAs) into the realm of advanced cell phones and "media assistants" intended to compete with Apple's iPod as mobile digital music players.
Like all of the new iPAQ models, the h6315 includes an SDIO-enabled SD memory slot that supports SD and MMC cards. And also like the other new iPAQs, it includes an integrated microphone, speaker, and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. MP3 media files can be played in stereo through the headphone jack.
The iPAQ hx7400 is another high-end model, offering built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking support and a 4” VGA (640 x 480) resolution display that can be used in both portrait and landscape modes. The device runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC-Premium Edition, and includes Pocket Office. The hardware includes a 624 MHz Intel Bulverde CPU, 128MB ROM and 64MB SDRAM. The device measures 5.17 x 3.02 x .59 inches and weighs 6.6 ounces. It's powered by either a standard 1800 mAh or optional 3600 mAh Li-Ion battery. A compact flash slot supporting both Type-I and II cards is provided along with the usual SD slot.
HP calls the iPAQ rz1715 a Mobile Media Companion—it's designed for consumers, and includes digital photo, music and video playback capabilities along with traditional PDA functions. It's built on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC-Professional and includes Microsoft Pocket Office. The hardware is based on a 203MHz Samsung 2410 CPU and up to 25 MB user memory. The device includes a 3.5” transflective QVGA TFT display operating in both Portrait and Landscape modes. The device measures 4.48 x 2.75 x .53 inches and weighs just 4.23 ounces.
The iPAQ rx 3114 and rx 3715 offer a high-end combination of Media Companion and wireless PDA features. Both units include integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking, and are built on a Samsung S3C 2440 CPU, and 3.5” transflective TFT color display. The rx3715 adds a built-in 1.2 megapixel camera with a 4x digital zoom; offering video recording and playback capabilities, and offers 152MB of user-available memory, while the rx3115 has no camera and only 56MB of user memory. Both units run Microsoft Pocket Windows 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC and include Pocket Outlook. Both units measure 4.5 by 2.8 by 0.63 inches; the rz3115 uses a 920 mAh Li-Ion battery and weighs .4 ounces less than the 3715 (which uses a 1440 mAh Li-Ion battery), at 5.2 ounces.
The h6315, rz1715 and hx7400 are available today. The rx3115 and rx3415 will be available this fall. Prices were not available at press time. The h6315, hx7400 and rz3715 are backed by one-year parts and labor warranties, while the rz1715 and rz 3115 are backed by a 90-day warranty. HP provides 90-day free tech support for software on all of the new iPAQ models (details may vary by region).