HP has taken Compaq's iPAQ handhelds under its wing, releasing a new Pocket PC series designed to bridge the gap between home and office environments. The iPAQ H3900 series is the first of the handhelds to incorporate Nevo software, enabling users to set up profiles and remotely control up to 20 infra-red electronic devices. The first Pocket PC to be released is the H3970. It features 48MB of flash ROM and integrated Bluetooth capabilities. The device is powered by a 400MHz PXA250 processor with Intel XScale technology and 64MB of RAM. A transflective liquid crystal display means the device can be used both indoors and out.
HP has also integrated file storage and backup functionality and a Secure Digital expansion slot. The H3970 is available from mid-July and is priced from $1499.www.compaq.com.au/products/handhelds.