HP Unveils first WDA Jornada 928 Pocket PC

HP Unveils first WDA Jornada 928 Pocket PC

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Quite similar to the Jornada 560 series in terms of design, the Jornada 928 also shares much of the same hardware specifications – such as its 32 MB Flash ROM, 64 MB RAM, 16-bit reflective TFT LCD display and Compact Flash Type I expansion slot. It is however slightly heavier, with a weight of 194g, and also somewhat larger with measurements of 137 mm x 77,8 mm x 16,7 mm.

Like the Jornada 560 series, the 928 utilizes an Intel StrongARM SA-1110 processor – but in addition, there’s also a 120 MHz OMAP710 ARM9-based processor that powers the wireless capabilities. HP said the company chose the OMAP710 processor due to its performance and low power requirements, and as an added bonus, the processor has built-in hardware processing support for MPEG-4, MP3, JPEG and speech technologies like speech recognition, although it is not knowwn whether HP has chosen to tap into these features.

The Jornada 928 WDA contains one integrated battery, plus one exchangeable, rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery which HP claims should provide a talk time of up to three hours, a standby time of up to 120 hours, or twelve hours use of the 928’s PDA functionality.

As for the wireless capabilities of the 928, it uses a dual-band GSM module (900 MHz/1800 MHz), which means that unfortunately it can only be used on GSM networks in Europe and Asia, and not the U.S. However, it is expected that HP will deliver a version utilizing either CDMA or CDMA2000 1xRTT for the U.S. market, but no official information was given regarding this. The GPRS module of the device is a Class B GPRS Multislot Class 8, offering theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 171.2 Kbps.

The HP Jornada 928 WDA is expected to be available by summer 2002, but unfortunately HP did not offer any information on its pricing.

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