Hewlett-Packard this month introduced four new models to its market leading iPaq PDA range. Most notably the company has added its first smart-phone to the line. The iPaq h6340 (#479 inc. VAT) features quad-band GSM/GPRS voice and data capability as well as built in WiFi and Bluetooth, giving it an extremely flexible selection of connectivity options. Users of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 will be able to set up the h6340 to wirelessly synchronise with their email, calendar and contacts.

Other additions to the range include the high-end hx4700 (#449 inc. VAT) which features a large four inch screen, fast 624Mhz processor and 135Mb of user available memory as well as a touch pad and cursor navigation system, making browsing of documents and websites easier than with conventional pen based PDAs. The iPaq rx3715 (#369 inc. VAT) is designed as a mobile media centre, equipped with numerous features for handling audio, video and photographs. Finally HP introduced a new entry level device, the rz1710 (#199 inc. VAT) intended to provide basic mobile computing functionality at a low price. All devices are based on the Windows Mobile 2003 platform and should be available in the UK from early to mid September.

HP is the world’s largest supplier of Windows based PDAs and second only to Palm One in the overall handheld market with 19.9 per cent share in 2003, according to Gartner.

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