HP plans for SmartPhone iPAQs

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With recent reports that PDA sales continue on a slump, it comes as no surprise that manufacturers are looking for the next big thing on handheld devices. HP is one of those manufacturers and SmartPhones are considered already the product of choice for the next few years.

HP recently unveiled plans to release a number of iPAQ smartphones throughout 2005 and 2006, mainly targeting the professional user rather than mainstream, the first pictures of the next generation iPAQ have been leaked to the web.

The HP iPaq Mobile Messenger will work with EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) networks and come with built-in GPS (global positioning system) location technology and an integrated keyboard. It will be available in the second quarter of this year, but pricing and carriers have yet to be determined, says Rick Roesler, vice president for handhelds in the Mobile Computing Business Unit.

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