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By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2002-11-13 Print this article Print

: The HP iPaq Pocket PC h5450"> The h5450 comes with a biometric fingerprint reader, which uses a thermal silicon sensor to identify the owners fingerprint and allow access accordingly. This process can be combined with a PIN and/or password, said HP officials. The 5450 also includes integrated support for 802.11b, or "Wi-Fi" WLANs as well as for the Bluetooth short-range wireless protocol. It does not support any wide-area cellular networks, but officials said to stay tuned.
"You will see integrated wireless WAN in the 2003 timeframe," Box said.
The 5450 runs a 400 MHz Xscale processor from Intel. It includes 64MB of SDRAM and 48MB of Flash ROM. It measures 5.43 inches long, including the WLAN antenna, and weighs in at 7.26 ounces. Applications included in Pocket PC 2002 include Pocket Word with spellchecker, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Microsoft Reader for electronic books, MSN Messenger, a VPN client and basic calendar software. Additional applications that HP is providing include Image Viewer software that lets users both view images and create slide shows, the ability to use the device as a universal remote control, and various memory features. Both devices will ship next week.


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