HP's rumoured touchscreen handset has showed up in the for of the iPaq Data Communicator, a pop-out QWERTY Windows Mobile handset, with a solid but predictable spec sheet. You'll find a full range of 3G capabilities, Wi-Fi, a-GPS, a 3.1MP camera with autofocus and flash all behind a 2.8in, 320 x 240 screen, controlled with a 5-way "optical navigation" key. It measures in at the same respectable 1.7cm thickness as the T-Mobile G1 — a little thinner than its clear competitor, the HTC Touch Pro. For the old-fashioned types, you can find most of the same guts in the Voice Communicator, a sleek, half-QWERTY candybar phone
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It's hard to look at the new iPAQ from HP and wonder where it came from. In the past few years, the smartphone market has been dominated by Blackberry, Nokia, Palm and more recently Apple, while HP seems to have been suspiciously quiet. Sure, they had products, but more often than not they were as ugly as sin.
Clearly their time away from the limelight has given them a chance to consult the manual on style, because the iPAQ 912 looks the goods. A tri-band HSDPA handset, it features Windows Mobile 6.1, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera, touchscreen display and a qwerty keypad. It's obviously clearly targeted towards business users and comes complete with a suite of business software from HP built in.
But the best feature of all on this device is the price: $799. It's not locked to any carrier, either, meaning you can just drop your 3G SIM card in and you're away.
From rumour to fact, we've watched as HP has revived their iPaq line. The first two units will be coming out in just two days, on October 8th. Featuring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, identical 624mHz processors and WM6 Pro, the cheaper 110 will run $299 while its older brother the 210 will cost $399.
Of course, with contract, they'll cost you a lot less. Wait. They're just PDA's, or, "phone companions" as the models are called in HP's press release. And there are no contract rebates for "phone companions."
Those leaked pics and specs for a new line of HP iPAQs turned out to be spot on, U.S. model numbers aside. Led by the formidably spec'd iPAQ 900 Business Messenger smartphone, the lineup consists of another smartphone (600 Business Navigator, the 900's QWERTY-less little bro), two "classic handhelds," (the 100 and 200, "classic" meaning Wi-Fi, no cellular) and a jazzed-up GPS unit (300 Travel Companion). Press release laying it all out after the jump.