HP extends iPaq range

HP is launching a range of iPaq handheld devices based on Microsoft’s new Pocket PC operating system in to the Middle East region. All of the models in the range feature improved connectivity to Bluetooth and wireless LAN systems.

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By  Peter Branton Published  August 26, 2003

HP is launching a range of iPaq handheld devices based on Microsoft’s new Pocket PC operating system in to the Middle East region. The models feature improved connectivity to Bluetooth and wireless LAN systems.

The new models are the HP iPaq h1930 and h1940, both part of HP’s entry level h1900 range and targeted at consumers, the HP iPaq h2210, aimed at small to medium businesses, and the HP iPaq h5550, which is being pitched as a corporate solution.

All the new models are powered by Microsoft’s rather imposingly named Windows Mobile Software for Pocket PC 2003 operating system, which is its replacement for the Pocket PC 2002 OS. Among the improvements Microsoft is touting for Mobile 2003 is simplified connectivity to Bluetooth and wireless LAN.

Accordingly, all the models feature Bluetooth support with the h5550 also featuring integrated wireless LAN network access for 802.11b networks. The h1930 can come with an optional Bluetooth SD card, while the other models feature integrated Bluetooth wireless capability.

Vishnu Taimni, product manager for HP Middle East’s personal systems group, said wireless LAN support was only provided for the h5550, because that model is aimed at corporates. “For the consumer, we see there’s a lot more interest in Bluetooth connectivity for this sort of device,” he said.

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