HTC Athena Uber-Handheld Officially Announced

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Two wireless service providers have announced that they will soon be offering versions of the HTC Athena, a Pocket PC with very high-end features.

The most notable of these is T-Mobile, which will begin offering this device — which it will call the Ameo — in Europe in March. It will cost 500 Euros with a 2-year contract.

In addition, Dopod president Jack Tong told DigiTimes that his company (which is owned by HTC) will begin offering its version — called the Dopod U1000 — in Taiwan next week. The price is not yet known.

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An Overview of the HTC Athena

The Athena will have a unique design. This will start out in a standard enough fashion: a tablet with a touchscreen. Added to that, though, will a detachable keyboard. The main unit can be magnetically connected to one side of the keyboard to make a laptop-like shape.

Despite what some rumors said, the keyboard can not be used unless it is physically connected to the main unit. However, the main unit, of of course, completely usable without the keyboard, thanks to its touchscreen.

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This Pocket PC will sport numerous high-end features, like a 5-inch VGA screen, an 8 GB hard drive, TV-out port, a GPS receiver, 3-megapixel camera with flash, and HSDPA.

It will run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition on a 624 MHz XScale processor. It will come with Microsoft’s Office Mobile. For entertainment, it will include a version of Windows Media Player and stereo speakers.

In addition, to HSDPA/UMTS, the Athena will have quad-band GSM with EDGE. It will also offer Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.

Not surprisingly, this won’t be a small device. Just the main unit will be 5.2 inches wide, 3.8 inches tall, and 0.8 inches thick (97mm x 133mm x 20mm).

It will also have a 2100 mAh battery and a miniSD slot.

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