HP Thursday introduced the Jornada 928 WDA, a color wireless digital assistant based on the Pocket PC 2002, Phone Edition platform. The device combines HP PDA technology with a GSM/GPRS-enabled phone. It is available in Vodafone stores in the UK now.
The 928 WDA has a dual-screen design that enables users to access phone or Pocket PC functions independently of one another. The main 16-bit colour reflective TFT screen provides access to all PDA applications and features. A separate blue-backlit phone display enables viewing of phone functions. Users can make and receive calls without having to power up the Pocket PC environment, saving both time and battery consumption.
HP stated that the Jornada 928 WDA is the first Pocket PC platform device to adopt the Texas Instruments OMAP 710 processor, which brings integrated wireless, data, voice and multimedia connectivity. The Texas Instruments OMAP 710 gives the HP Jornada 928 WDA high-speed connectivity for applications including multimedia messaging, Internet audio downloads and video playbacks. In addition, the unique dual-battery system (one integrated and one removable/rechargeable lithium-polymer battery) delivers three hours talk time, 12 hours PDA usage and 150 hours standby.
The HP Jornada 928 WDA also includes an integrated CompactFlash Type 1 extended slot enabling superior expandability and integrated voice-activated dialling software.
The HP Jornada 928 WDA will be shipped with a companion CD containing a selection of existing services – including gaming, financial, anti-virus and data-sharing applications – provided by members of the HP Mobile E-Services Bazaar. The CD will allow users to choose the service that suits them best before subscribing to any one service operator.