As part of a large update of its personal computing portfolio, HP hgas introduced new products targeting both consumer and IT professionals.
Among the announcements are a new category of gaming PCs, an expansion of the HP iPAQ handheld lineup and joint programs with media partners MTV and Condé Nast.
Five mobile devices, five mobile software programs, 12 mobile services and almost three dozen handheld accessories are among the 56 handheld-related products HP introduced. Highlights include:
HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger: 3G phone with QWERTY keyboard (PXA270 Processor 520 MHz, aGPS, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri Band HSPDA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB flash ROM)
HP iPAQ 600 Series Business Navigator: two-in-one 3G phone and navigation device (PXA270 Processor 520 MHz, aGPS, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri Band HSPDA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB flash ROM)
HP iPAQ 300 Series Travel Companion: handheld GPS device for business and personal travel featuring graphics acceleration and 3D maps (Titan 600MHz, 128 MB RAM, up to 2 GB Flash ROM)
HP iPAQ 200 Series Enterprise Handheld: large screen PDA with Wi-Fi aimed at business applications (PXA310, 624 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 256 MB Flash ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)
HP iPAQ 100 Series Classic Handheld: large screen, simple synchronization with personal content and Wi-Fi connectivity (PXA310, 624 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB Flash ROM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)
The new mobility services are the HP Enterprise Mobility Suite that provides mobile device management capabilities; the HP iPAQ Custom Touch that allows the customisation of handheld, preloading iPAQ devices with custom applications, themes and settings for enterprise customers; the HP iPAQ location-based services, a web destination where users can personalise their trip plans, map content and update device software; HP Total Care, a suite of services to help iPAQ customers design, manage and implement business mobility, with application mobilization, one-stop help desk, and leasing and lifecycle management;
Also announced was the HP Blackbird 002, the first PC system to combine HP technology with VoodooPC’s expertise in PC design and architecture. The company says every element of the HP Blackbird 002 – from its aluminum chassis to the cast-aluminum foot – contributes to its look and extreme performance. It features patented, full system liquid-cooling to keep itself running cool in even the most heated head-to-head gaming scenarios.
The system’s removable side panel, completely open BIOS, and interior and back panel LED lighting make it convenient for gamers to get inside the machine for performance tuning. More information about HP Blackbird 002 is available at www.hp.com/blackbird, a highly interactive online experience where users can build, share and order their custom-designed system.
Customers can begin purchasing a limited-edition system called HP Blackbird 002 Dedication Edition starting 15th September. The limited-edition system was created to recognize HP’s first PC for the gaming market, designed by a small team of dedicated gamers who sought to bring innovation back to the desktop PC. It will feature a pre-set performance configuration, unique side panels, free games and more.
Beginning 1st October, customers will also be able to configure their own HP Blackbird 002. Each HP Blackbird 002 will be hand-built in HP’s production facility in Calgary, Alberta. Pricing is dependent on configuration and will range from approximately US$2,500 to US$7,100.
The company also unveiled the prices for its HP MediaSmart Server, a home network server powered by the Windows Home Server platform and AMD LIVE!. The HP MediaSmart Server provides a central location for more secure, easy access to movies, photos, music and documents through any Internet-connected PC. It is expected to be available in time for the holidays, and it will come in a 500-gigabyte version for US$599 and 1-terabyte model for US$749.