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HP's upcoming mobile phone PDAs, the iPaq 6000 series, will be released in the US next month if information supplied to Australian web site M-Tekk is anything to go by.

The site this week published what a correspondent claims is a spec. list taken from a brochure about the device, now known at the iPaq 6300 series - a fact confirmed by an HP web site support page which briefly appeared and then vanished.

If the spec. data is accurate, the new machines will be wireless exemplars. The specification details a quad-band GSM/GPRS device with 802.11b and Bluetooth built in too. According to a posting at Brighthand, the handheld automatically drops the GPRS connection when it's in the presence of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Presumably it falls back on GPRS when there isn't an 802.11 link available. The Brighthand posting allegedly lists T-Mobile's support information for the HP product.

The spec. sheet says the hardware is powered by a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 CPU - something of a shift from the Intel XScale series that has driven the iPaq family to date - backed by 64MB of SDRAM and 64MB of Flash ROM. Some models will feature 20MB of iPaq File Store, and all units will offer a SD IO/MMC slot for expansion.

The display is a 3.5in transflective LCD with a 240 x 320 resolution, built into a 11.9 x 7.5 x 1.9cm (4.7 x 3.0 x 0.7in) casing with an antenna module on top and "rubber sides for comfortable grip". With the removable 1800mAh battery included, the unit weighs 190g (6.7oz).

The new iPaq will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC - Phone Edition, but there's no indication whether it will be the upcoming Second Edition. HP will bundle a set of its own apps for handling digital photos on versions of the device that feature an integrated 640 x 480 digicam.

Smartfone.NET, meanwhile, claims that the camera-equipped version will retail for $599 under the iPaq h6315 model number. A $579 model, the h6310, will ship without the camera.

The specs. match those that appeared on the web last February.

The spec. sheet claims that the 6300 series will ship with a bundled attachable micro keyboard, which may explain why early rumours surrounding the device maintained that it would feature an integrated keyboard.

M-Tekk claims T-Mobile will offer the device next month, with AT&T following in August. Smartfone.NET mentions a single, August ship date. ®

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