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Fewer than 24 hours have passed since we wrote about HP's iPaq Mobile Messenger smart phone - and already pictures and a tentative model number of the machine have leaked out.

Website iPaqAbilities has the shots of the hw6500, along with some further details of the specification. As we reported yesterday, the HP device will feature GSM/GPRS with EDGE mobile phone connectivity, plus Bluetooth and GPS satellite positioning, but not Wi-Fi as we mistakenly assumed.

HP iPaq hw6500 Mobile Messenger
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To that we can add the presence of both Mini SD and SD IO slot, a 1200mAh battery, and the inclusion, on the rear of the device, of a 1.3 megapixel digicam. The unit will be powered by a 520MHz processor, almost certainly an Intel XScale PXA270, we say. It will run Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.

The screen remains the biggest point of interest on the web today. It's certainly square, and calculated by Engadget to be 3.2in in size. Separately, MobileTechReview notes that the display is a 240 x 240 job, so not quite up to the Treo 650's 320 x 320 unit. The iPaq's size is reckoned to be 11.9 x 7.2 x 1.9-2.3cm, making it much the same size as the new PalmOne smart phone but wider - which will make it less comfortable to use as a handset, if that's the case. But there's no antenna stub and no fold-out receiver for the GPS system, either. ®

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