HP releasing Wi-Fi and GPS capable HW6900 PDA series

By Justin Mann on February 13, 2006, 12:30 PM
HP is getting ready to bring the next in their line of iPaqs with the beefy looking HW6900 series. Starting in the Spring in eastern countries and Summer in the United States and Canada, HP's new PDA uses Intel's PXA270 XScale processor and runs Windows Mobile 5.0, and is the first HP PDA to support MS Direct Push. More interesting, all versions in this series will support Wi-Fi along with GPS reception, making them potentially useful as navigational tools or road companions.

However, where the FS Pocket Loox T series offers 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and 3G connectivity, the hw6900 series has 802.11b, Bluetooth 1.2 and GSM/GPRS. That said, it's a quad-band radio and it has EDGE support. The HP PDA phones also boast bigger, 3in displays, but a less capacious, 1200mAh battery.
Some versions in the series will also tout digital cameras, but I suspect that feature is probably just a throw-in. Depending on the size, from the photo, it looks quite nice. HP's biggest competitor with this model will be Fujitsu, who have already released a rival product.

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djleyo said:
pdas have been growing into something relly usefull i remember back in 2000 ihad one and i only used it to show it off and to play games but then multimedia cell phones came out and now my hp pda is in some dark place im room im looking foward to theses new versions of pdas gps is a nice add on and of course wifi is another plus i think they should all include 1.3 or 2.0 mps cameras
buttus said:
Convergance has been a hot word in IT for many years. Palm touted Convergance as something that was real and possible with their handsets...only until one realized that a PCMCIA card that would work with a cellular providor was needed, then the whole thing fell apart from there.Then, convergance centered around the technology war between Bluetooth and 802.11 standard. It seemed that hardware manufacturers would pick lines on either side and that the refusal of one technology to die would further prevent true convergance.Now we are talking about PDA's with cellular capabilities, that run Win Mobile OS, have bluetooth and 802.11 and NOW GPS?Holy smokes. Just think of the service possibilities and security issues that can be solved with this technology.Is the wife late from work? Turn on her GPS and you can see where she is.Is there an emergency? Dispatch 911 and they know where you are.E-mail and phone all while on the road....with documents going back and forth and real websurfiing at the same time as you pass Starbucks.Ok, I Gotta get me one of these.
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