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New iPaqs Offer Security

Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard introduced a new series of corporate-aimed iPaq handheld Pocket PCs with advanced security features, including fingerprint scan.

The new hx2000 series is available in three configurations, including the top-end hx2700 with a biometric fingerprint reader. All of the new models also offer new encryption software. The units are available at speeds of 312MHz, 520MHz or 624MHz, based on the Intel PXA270 processor, with up to 128MB ROM and up to 128MB RAM.

They offer Wi-Fi (802.11b) on select models and integrated Bluetooth on all models. Also included is software for automatic backup of applications and data. The display for the hx2000 series is a 3.5-inch transflective QVGA TFT screen with 64K colors.

The new hx2000 series is available in December in good, better, best configurations, the hx2100, hx2400 and the hx2700, respectively, at prices of $349, $449 and $549, respectively.