First PDAs to Ship Based on Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Software
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2001 -- Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced shipment of two new color personal digital assistants -- the first PDAs to feature the robust Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002 Premium Edition software. Offering mobile professionals greater power and expandability, the HP Jornada 565 and 568 PDAs will be unveiled publicly for the first time at today's DEMOmobile conference in La Jolla, Calif.
"HP envisions a world in which mobility radically transforms how consumers and business professionals operate and manage their daily lives," said Jean-Luc Meyer, worldwide marketing manager, HP Embedded and Personal Systems Organization. "These new PDAs offer cutting-edge technology to address the needs of mobile professionals."
"The HP Jornada 560 PDA series is one of the best designed yet to come to market," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Mobile Insights, Inc., a market research firm based in Mountain View, Calif. "All the desirable and leading technologies have come together beautifully in one lightweight, thin device that optimizes productivity and entertainment capabilities for the most discriminating mobile professional. With the built-in CompactFlash Type 1 extended slot, IT professionals are going to find it easy to adapt it to many enterprise situations."
Expandable and Versatile
The HP Jornada PDAs offer mobile professionals a portable solution to maximize efficiency and provide the freedom to enhance productivity and personal creativity. Users can access critical business information, browse the Internet, check e-mail, communicate with other PDAs, PCs and printers, and capture, share and edit digital images while on the go(1)(2).
(Note: Wireless Internet use requires separately purchased modem and service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Not all Web content available.)
Featuring a built-in CompactFlash Type 1 extended slot, the HP Jornada PDAs allow users to add memory cards and optional accessories such as wireless network solutions and the HP Pocket Camera. Unlike other PDAs, HP's devices feature a removable/rechargeable 14-hour, lithium-polymer battery and HP Safe Store, which offers an additional 8 MB of FlashROM for backing up vital data and applications(3).
Providing increased versatility for the professional on the go, the HP Jornada PDAs feature a vibrant, 16-bit front-lit TFT reflective color screen for excellent indoor and outdoor viewing and an Intel® StrongARM 206 MHz high-performance processor for quick access to information.
Microsoft's latest Pocket PC operating system, Pocket PC 2002 Premium Edition, provides a robust suite of applications ideal for both mobile professionals and enterprise customers. Applications include: Pocket Outlook, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Terminal Services Client, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Reader 2.0 and Microsoft Windows® Media Player 8 for Pocket PC.
HP also has bundled an expansive suite of software solutions including Landware's OmniSolve, a popular business calculator, and Developer One's CodeWallet Pro, for securely and conveniently organizing important personal and financial information. To further enhance enterprise users' efficiency, Certicom's MovianVPN supports a wide range of popular VPN servers to enable secure remote access to the corporate Intranet(1).
Also included are HP Chai and HP Microchai software which allow enterprise users to develop and run Java™-based applications.
U.S. Availability, Pricing and Support
The HP Jornada 565 and 568 PDAs are now shipping to retail outlets with expected availability on Oct. 4 in North America. The HP Jornada 565 PDA features 32 MB RAM and has an estimated retail price of $599(4). The HP Jornada 568 PDA features 64 MB RAM and has an estimated retail price of $649(4).
A $50 mail-in rebate is planned to be available for both products from Oct. 4 through the end of the year. Both PDAs are backed by a one-year limited warranty.
Additional information about HP Jornada PDAs and handheld PCs is available at http://www.hp.com/jornada.
Hewlett?Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
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(1) Wireless Internet use requires separately purchased modem and service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Not all Web content available.
(2) Photo capture requires separately purchased HP Pocket Camera accessory.
(3) Estimated battery life without backlight, actual battery life will vary based on usage.
(4) Actual prices may vary.
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