Wireless Briefs: Dell, HP

Wireless Briefs: Dell, HP

Dell cuts the wires on new Axim X3 PDA

Dell has formally introduced three versions of the new Axim X3 personal digital assistant (PDA), including one model with an integrated 802.11b wireless chip that costs less than comparable Pocket PC devices. For $US379, Dell will sell the Axim X3 with a 400MHz XScale processor from Intel, 64MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM, and an 802.11b chip. By comparison, Hewlett-Packard’s cheapest iPaq PDA with integrated 802.11b wireless costs $US449. Dell entered the PDA market last year with the launch of the first Axim X5 in two configurations for $US199 and $US299, far below what its competitors were offering at the time. By the second quarter, IDC rated Dell fourth in terms of shipment market share across both Palm OS and Pocket PC operating systems, and second behind HP in the Pocket PC category in the second quarter.

HP announces new mobile products

HP has announced the iPaq Pocket PC h4150, which it claims will be the thinnest and lightest Pocket PC on the market to include Bluetooth and WLAN (based on the 802.11b standard) connectivity. It also introduced the iPaq Pocket PC h4350, featuring an integrated backlit keyboard in addition to the wireless capabilities. Both products include enhanced security technologies, such as support for Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP) and 802.1x. Customers can purchase the iPaq h4150 online now for $US449; the h4350 is due out in November at a price of $US499. HP also launched a redesigned Tablet PC TC1100, which offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and WLAN based on the 802.11a, b and g standards.

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