HP Punches Up Newest iPaq

The iPaq hw6500, which HP plans to debut in the spring, boasts GPS software and 1.2-megapixel camera.

Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning a spring debut for the next version of its iPaq, which will include considerable functionality and performance improvements.

The new iPaq hw6500 Mobile Messenger works with quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and high-speed EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) networks, according to documents submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.

Meanwhile, PalmOne Inc., in Milpitas, Calif., this week will release its next low-end PDA for business users, the Tungsten E2, said a PalmOne spokesperson.

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The new iPaq supports Bluetooth connectivity but lacks Wi-Fi capability. Its GPS navigational software gives users turn-by-turn driving directions and the ability to look up nearby businesses. The hw6500 also has a 1.2-megapixel camera, but according to the FCCs Web site, a cameraless version may also be available.

The new iPaq runs Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC 2003 Phone Edition operating system and features an Intel Corp. 312MHz PXA272 processor.

The iPaq hw6500 will be released this quarter, said HP spokesperson Mike Hockey in Palo Alto, Calif. Cingular Wireless, which is currently the only U.S. carrier with a substantial EDGE network, will likely be the carrier. T-Mobile USA Inc. is planning its own EDGE network as well.

Law enforcement officers at Logan International Airport, in Boston, are using iPaqs on Cingulars EDGE network while roaming the airports campus.

"Its much quicker for our officers out in the field in getting the information they need," said Massport Aviation Security Director Scott Pare, also in Boston.

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