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HP launches smallest and lightest Pocket PCs, NEW STRAITS
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NO longer can size and weight hamper you from getting a Pocket
Hewlett-Packard Sales (M) Sdn Bhd has launched its latest iPaq
which the company claims is one of the smallest and lightest Pocket
PC devices in the market.
The new iPaq h1900 series weighs just 120 grams and comes half
the thickness of its usual size plus an 89-millimetre screen size.
At these measurements, it is slightly smaller than a Palm V device.
Powered by a 200-megahertz Intel XScale PXA250 processor, the
h1900 comes with a transflective liquid crystal display,
64-megabyte (MB) memory, a Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot, and
a removable battery. The device runs on Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002
Based on popular demand, HP also includes a removable battery,
making it especially easier for travellers as they can carry an
additional battery instead of a power adapter, said Hewlett-Packard
Sales Personal Systems Group's iPaq Pocket PC and emerging product
market development manager, Alex Chang.
''It is an important element of a mobile device today. If the
main battery is depleted, users can change to a new battery,''
The h1900 is equipped with a back-up battery so data will not be
lost when the main battery is removed, he said. An extra battery
HP also includes a stereo headphone, a universal voltage
adapter, and a universal serial bus (USB) synchronisation cable
with the package.
Among the additions that HP has made are putting a Today button
on the front for a one-step access to the main page. However, this
button can be customised for other functions, Chang said.
The h1900 is targeted at youngsters, students and
budget-conscious consumers as well as those who want to get started
with Pocket PC. HP is also targeting at those who do not require a
lot of computing power and at Palm users who are used to the small
footprint, he added.
Also available is the HP iPaq Pocket PC H5450, which integrates
biometric security, WiFi access and Bluetooth capabilities.
The H5450 runs on Microsoft Pocket PC 2002, 400MHz Intel XScale
PXA250 processor and comes with 64MB memory and up to 20MB of iPaq
File Store, a non-volatile flash storage.
Besides the usual transflective display, Secure Digital
input/output (SDIO) expansion slot and removable battery, the H5450
also comes with a thermal biometric fingerprint reader for
The fingerprint registration process allows users to set access
using a fingerprint or combining the fingerprint with a personal
identification number and/ or password.
The H5450 also comes with iPaq back-up for selective, full or
scheduled backup of data. It also includes voice over Internet
protocol (VoIP) and data encryption applications. Other features
include support for Java, Macromedia Flash and Real Player.
Users can also charge their batteries using the USB cable and
enable automatic backup when the battery power reaches a certain
The HP iPaq h1900 series is priced at RM1,388 and the iPaq H5450
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