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Updated: HP unveils a pair of new phones

As promised by Dieter on our Twitter feed, here are a couple of new offerings from HP which have been dubbed "The Beauty and the Beast."

First up is the Ipaq Data Messenger (that's it on the right). Here are the deets, in handy bullet point fashion:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 2.8-inch 320x240 touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.74 x 11.4 cm
  • 128 megs RAM, 256 megs ROM.
  • WiFi (b/g)
  • Standard slider keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), the European flavors of HSDPA (900/1900/2100 MHz)
  • aGPS
  • 3.1MP camera with 5x digital zoom and LED flash.
  • 1140 mAh battery.
  • Micro USB for sync and charge.
  • Micro SD card, up to 8 gigabytes.

Here's the new hotness: Instead of a standard D-pad or trackball, there's an optical sensor (as opposed to an "optical mouse", we guess) that offers "gliding" optical control.

Also released is the Ipaq Voice Messenger. You get mostly the same specs as above, sans touchscreen, the full keyboard is replaced by a 20-key alphanumeric, the screen is a tad smaller at 2.4 inches diagonal (though the resolution is the same) and the batter is a little smaller at 1260 mAh.

Note that these are about on par with the HP Silver and Oak that we've previously reported on.

WM Poweruser via JK On the Run

Update: Engadget Mobile has spied the Vodafone details. Off-contract, the DataMessenger will run $677, and the Voice Messenger is $565 (yes, we know they don't use dollars in Europe). Also check out the hands-on video in which you can see the optical sensor in action.

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Updated: HP unveils a pair of new phones

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Thanks for the heads up. Looks like HP has no plans to come up last. But also no plans to come out on top either. Same size,,,,,, same specs,,,,,, same screen,,,,,,,, same everything,,,,,,, same as everything that was released in the last year.
I am on the hunt for a device and it sure would be nice if a device made it easy one me and went above and beyond the norm. It is nice that users get 10 different devices to choose from.