As reported earlier by
Few handheld manufacturers are as high-profile as the post-merger HP, which is
the biggest Pocket PC player and has the largest handheld market share in the
world - next after Palm, that is. With interest spiking as wireless connectivity
is becoming increasingly common in handheld devices, it is therefore no surprise
that information would eventually surface about HP's new iPAQ H5000 series where
wireless is key.
Slated for release either late this year or early
in 2003, the new iPAQ H5000 series - still branded under the Compaq name - will
according to infoSync's sources be comprised of 6 models whose exact
specifications remain a mystery. We've however been able to acquire some general
information indicating that one model will feature integrated GPS, another
integrated WLAN and a third integrated GSM/GPRS - and it's also likely to expect
a model with integrated cellular connectivity targeted at the U.S. market
utilizing CDMA, and perhaps even support for CDMA2000 1xRTT.
Bluetooth is another technology expected to be present, since Compaq/HP so far
has brought the H3870 and H3970 models to market with integrated support for
that wireless technology.
As is evident from the picture, some models will also feature biometric finger
print scanners for increased security - a feature which is likely to be found in
models targeted towards the enterprise. The last piece of information available
so far suggests that some models will come with 128 MB RAM integrated, while
others will have 64 MB to keep price down.