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HP iPaq hw6715 in the flesh

Evan Blass
Evan Blass|September 23, 2005 5:15 PM

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We got our hands on some pics of HP's upcoming hw6700 series iPaq smartphones, courtesy of Pocket PC Thoughts, and they seem to jibe with the specs that were leaked a few weeks back. A quick recap for the uninitiated: HP announced (and then waited on) and finally released a much-hyped smartphone model earlier this year, the iPaq hw6510/15 (the former excludes a camera). As with so many other full-featured devices, these phones were being touted as "Treo-killers" due to their impressive spec sheet that included a 312 MHz processor, 1.3 megapixel cam, two media card slots (miniSD and SDIO), Bluetooth, and (arguably the biggest draw) built-in GPS with TomTom software. Unfortunately for the hoard of anticipatory consumers, the 6500 series got knocked in early reviews for its non-standard 240 x 240 display (which turned out to be incompatible with some PocketPC software), lack of built-in WiFi, outdated OS, and buggy keyboard. Fast forward to the present, where HP is trying to address some of these complaints by way of the 6700 series (6710/15), mainly by adding WiFi (but subtracting the SDIO slot), more ROM, and Windows Mobile 5.0. Seems like screen orientation is still going to be an issue, but with all these goodies, we may be able to overlook that.

[Thanks, Andrea]

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