Five New iPAQs on HP’s Fall Menu

This week Hewlett-Packard unveiled a series of new smartphones and traditional handheld devices demonstrating that the computer and printer giant intends to reclaim its top-level position as a premier Windows Mobile-hardware vendor.

iPAQ 910 Business Messenger
The HP iPAQ 910 Business Messenger.
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The new iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld, iPAQ 110 Classic Handheld, iPAQ 910 Business Messenger, iPAQ 610 Business Navigator, and the iPAQ 310 Travel Companion are HP’s ammunition in what appears to be a serious go at resurrecting foundering (and neglected) once very successful mobile-device business.

HP’s new iPAQ 910 Business Messenger and iPAQ 610 Business Navigator are the two smartphones in the group.

The higher-end iPAQ 910 is quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone with support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with support for VoIP, and Assisted GPS.

It’s got a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and a 2.46-inch, 240 x 320 pixel (QVGA) resolution touch screen. There’s also a 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and 4x zoom and a microSD slot.

Inside the iPAQ 910 you’ll find a 520MHz Marvell PXA270 processor, 128MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, and a 1840 mAH Lithium Ion battery.

The smartphone measures 4.45 x 2.53 x 0.63 inches (113 x 64 x 16 millimeters) and weighs 5.15 ounces (146 grams).

As for the iPAQ 610, the main differentiator between it and the iPAQ 910 is the swapping out of the keyboard for a numeric keypad and a larger 2.8-inch display.

iPAQ 610 Business Navigator
The HP iPAQ 610 Business Navigator.

Both smartphones use Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system. When the iPAQ 610 goes on sale, it’ll go for $600. HP didn’t reveal any pricing information about the iPAQ 910.

As the names implies, the iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld and iPAQ 110 Classic Handheld are the new traditional handheld models in the group without phone functionality. Like the smartphones, both of these devices run on the Professional edition of Windows Mobile 6.

The $450 iPAQ 210 has slots for both Secure Digital and CompactFlash cards and a 4-inch, 480 x 640 pixel (VGA) resolution touch screen.

It runs on a high-capacity 2200 mAH Lithium Ion battery, powerful 624 MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, and 256MB of ROM. The iPAQ 210 includes both Wi-Fi with VoIP support and Bluetooth wireless.

The iPAQ 110 is a thinner&151;only .54 inches thick to the iPAQ 210’s 0.63 inches&151;and cheaper handheld, at $300. Even so, it sports the same amount of RAM and ROM and clock-speed processor as the iPAQ 210. There’s still Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well.

The HP iPAQ 210
The HP iPAQ 210.

However, the screen size drops down to a smaller 3.5-inch and lower-resolution QVGA type and the battery to a 1200 mAH Lithium Ion, and there’s support for only one type of memory card expansion, Secure Digital.

Travel Companion
Unlike 2006’s iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion, the new iPAQ 310 Travel Companion won’t run on Windows Mobile. Rather, HP’s first standalone navigation device will use Windows CE instead.

The iPAQ 310 is GPS-enabled, of course, and includes a 4.30-inch, 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) resolution touch display, and accelerated graphics with support for 3D maps. It can play multimedia files.

There’s 128MB of SDRAM and 2GB of flash memory for storage and USB 2.0 connectivity to transfer content, such as maps and Outlook contacts, to the iPAQ 310 from a PC.

The iPAQ 310 is powered by a 1700 mAH Lithium Ion battery and integrates Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly link it to a mobile phone or smartphone to allow for hands-free communication.

When the iPAQ 310 goes on sale this fall, as all the new iPAQs are supposed to, it’ll sell for $450.

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