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HP First to Ship Handheld PC Featuring Windows CE 2.0 -- The HP 360LX Palmtop PC; HP Announces Price Drop on the HP 320LX Palmtop PC.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced it is shipping the HP 360LX palmtop PC with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE 2.0, the most recent addition to its award-winning line of HP handhelds. The HP 360LX palmtop PC is the first Windows CE 2.0 palmtop PC to ship and is expected to have an estimated street price of $699 (U.S.). Additionally, HP announced a price cut on the HP 320LX palmtop PC -- the original full-width-screen palmtop PC -- lowering its price to $499 (U.S. list). The price cut of the HP 320LX, combined with HP's ROM upgrade program, is expected to make the HP 320LX palmtop PC one of the most affordable palmtop PCs on the market running Windows CE 2.0.

"HP continues to lead the handheld industry by bringing to market the first Windows CE 2.0-based handheld PC," said Dennis Hamann, worldwide marketing manager for HP's Asia Pacific PC Division. "By offering the latest innovations in mobile computing at affordable prices, HP is helping to advance the growth of the handheld market." Based on the Windows CE 2.0 operating system, the HP 360LX palmtop PC offers easy PC synchronization and compatibility with familiar business applications, now including Microsoft PowerPoint. Additionally, the HP 360LX palmtop PC joins the ranks of other computing assets that can be managed on the network, using HP TopTools and other DMI-compliant management applications. HP expects to deliver the management software for the HP 360LX palmtop PC in early 1998.

The HP 360LX palmtop PC offers other mobile computing advantages including a full-width, 16-greyscale, high-contrast screen with natural-white backlight, increasing visibility and clarity; a month-view PIM that makes time management and organization even more convenient for mobile professionals; and a dedicated storage slot for CompactFlash cards, leaving the PC card slot free for a modem connection. The HP 360LX palmtop PC also comes with 8MB of RAM, 10MB of ROM and improved performance and speed.

The HP 320LX palmtop PC, based on the original Windows CE operating system, was the first Windows CE-based palmtop PC to feature a full-width (80-column, 640 x 240-pixel) display. The HP 320LX palmtop PC has 4MB RAM, a backlit display and a CompactFlash card slot. With HP's ROM upgrade program, HP 320LX users can upgrade their machines to Windows CE 2.0 easily, providing immediate access to the latest applications and features of the new operating system.

AVAILABILITY, PRICING AND SUPPORT

The HP 360LX palmtop PC and the HP 320LX palmtop PC are available through corporate resellers, including Ingram Micro and Merisel, as well as through such retail locations as CompUSA, Computer City and Office Depot. They are backed by a one-year limited warranty that offers next-day, express-pickup-and-delivery service.

For owners of the popular, award-winning HP 320LX palmtop PC who purchased their units after Sept. 2, HP offers a coupon for a free Windows CE 2.0 ROM upgrade. Information on HP's ROM upgrade program and additional information on HP palmtop PCs can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com/handheld or by calling 800-443-1254.

ABOUT HP

HP is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 120,500 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com . -0-

Note to Editors: Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

Windows is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard

Larry Sennett, 408/553-2916

larry_sennett@hp.com

or

Alexander Communications for HP

Catherine Hatch, 415/923-1660

chatch@alexander-pr.com
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