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Updated HP has introduced six new iPaq PDAs, including the long-awaited - and much-speculated-upon - h6300 series of Wi-Fi/GSM/GRPS devices, 22 days later than expected.

The launch is certainly comprehensive, stretching from the low-end rz1715 to the high-end hx4705 with its 480 x 640 display. In between are three rx3000 series models, which focus on consumer multimedia applications.

The h6315 is the most anticipated of the six, thanks to its support for all three modes of wireless operation: GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the first PDA to do so.

Based on a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 CPU, it contains 64MB of RAM (55MB user-accessible). There's an SDIO/MMC slot for expansion. The screen is a 240 x 320 3.5in model, and there's an integrated digicam.

The devices runs Windows Mobile 2003 for PocketPCs, Phone Edition, which taps into its quad-band GSM/GPRS radio. There's no micro-keyboard, but HP is offering a plug-in keypad.

The device measures 11.9 x 7.5 x 1.9cm, minus the antenna, and weights 160g. HP will ship the h6315 in the US next month, as a $599 SIM-free unit, or via T-Mobile for $499. In the UK, it's shipping as the SIM-free h6340 for £479 including VAT.

The three members of the rx3000 series, meanwhile, are all based on Samsung's S3C2440 processor, clocked to 400MHz (rx3715) and 300MHz (rx3115 and rx3415). All three run Windows Mobile 2004 for PocketPCs, Second Edition.

The rx3715 has 152MB of memory available to the user, while the other two have 56MB of user-accessible RAM. All three have an SD/MMC slot for expansion, and a 3.5in 320 x 240 display.

Like the h6315, they support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the rx3415 and rx3715 have integrated 1.3 megapixel digicams with 4x digital zoom.

They all measure 11.4 x 7.1 x 1.6cm and weight 147g (rx3115 and rx3415) and 158g (rx3715). The latter's increased weight is explained by its 1440mAh battery - the other two use a 920mAh model.

As yet none of the three models are shipping, and indeed HP didn't mention the rx3415 at the launch, though the PDA does now appear on HP's spec. sheet. The rx3415 will cost $400, the rx3715 $500. The rx3715 costs £369 in the UK.

In the UK, the hx4705 will ship as the hx4700 for £449 (inc. VAT). The rz1710 costs £199. ®

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