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HP has tacitly admitted it has plans to ship the rumoured iPaq hw6900 Mobile Messenger PDA phone family by posting a document on its website that declares the devices conform to a variety of European Union and other regulations.

The successor to the current iPaq hw6500 series, the hw6900 line comprises at least two models: the camera-less hw6910 and the camera-equipped hw6915. Both hw6900s are listed in a variety of SKUs for a number of European countries, along with Russia and South Africa.

The document also mentions models called the hw6920, hw6925, hw6940, hw6945 and hw6965, though it provides no SKU information for these.

The existence of the document was revealed by website Mobility Today. The PDF itself was originally produced in October 2005 for the hw6500 series. However, its metadata indicates it was updated and posted earlier this week, possibly to incorporate the new hw6900 series models.

The hw6900 series is believed to be the new name for the hw6700 line, which was claimed to be in HP's iPaq pipeline around the time the company was preparing to launch the hw6500 series. Last August, HP UK inadvertently posted the hw6710 and hw6715's specifications, possibly forcing the name-change and a spec revision.

The hw6900 family is believed to be based on a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA272 processor, up from the 312MHz version built into the hw6500s. It is expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0, and sport its predecessors' GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS support. ®

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