The web has been abuzz for the past few days with rumors of an upcoming high-end cellular-wireless handheld from HTC.
According to these reports, the device, supposedly codenamed Athena, will be the followup to the HTC Universal, a model that, as it’s name suggests, tried to pack everything into one package.
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The best information so far on the Athena has come from Poland-based PDAclub.pl, which managed to obtain several pictures of of what it claims is this model.
These show a handheld with a unique design. It will start out in a standard enough fashion: a tablet with a 3.5-inch, QVGA touchscreen.
Then comes the twist. The Athena will reportedly have a detachable QWERTY keyboard. The main unit can be connected to one side of the keyboard to make a laptop-like shape, or they can used when separated.
In addition, this design allows the keyboard to be left behind when a smaller device is wanted.
Windows Mobile Inside
A few days ago, when even fewer details were available than are now, there was some speculation that this this device would run the UMPC version of Windows XP. Today’s pictures clearly show this is not true. Instead the Athena will apparently run Windows Mobile for Pocket PC.
Exactly what its processor speed and internal storage capabilities will be are not known.
Just about all sources agree that this handheld will have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth. GSM is a given, too, but rumors disagree on what other cellular-wireless networking capabilities it will offer.
Expect more details on the Athena as they become available.