HP relaunches iPaq range as media/GPS devices

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The name iPaq still conjures up images of men in suits for me, but HP hopes to change all that with a revamped iPaq range – media player/GPS devices aimed very much at the consumer market.

The new range, just launched in Japan, includes the iPaq rx4240 and rx 4540, both of which feature a 2.8-inch, 320 x 240, 65,536-colour display, a 400MHz Samsung processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Windows Mobile 5.0 if you fancy doing a spot of work. They also have 128MB of Flash ROM and 64MB of RAM, with the rx4540 adds 1GB of Flash storage (there’s an SD/MMC slot on both devices for expanding).

The iPaq rx5956 Travel Companion has a similar specification, but with a 3.5-inch display, 2GB of Flash storage and a SiRFStar III GPS chip and antenna for navigation.

HP Japan said the devices would retail for the equivalent of around £144, £185 and £264 respectively.

HP website

Dave Walker