HTC Athena Will Almost Be a UMPC

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Over the last week or so, details have been emerging on HTC’s next big device.

According to the latest unconfirmed information, the HTC Athena will be "big" in both senses of the word. There has been all kinds of buzz about it, and it seems it will much much larger than the typical handheld. Large enough that some have compared it to a UMPC.

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Several pictures of this model emerged recently, but these did not have anything to indicate scale. According to a very reliable source, the Athena will have a 5. inch, VGA display at the very least.

Overall, this device will supposedly be 5.2 inches wide, 3.8 inches tall, and 0.8 inches thick (97mm x 133mm x 20mm).

It 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 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.

Although some of its specifications invite comparisons to a UMPC, the Athena will supposedly run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, not Windows XP. It will do this on a 624 MHz XScale processor.

As internal storage, this handheld will reportedly have an 8 GB hard drive and a miniSD memory card slot.

Wireless Capabilities

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. One group of rumors says it will have UMTS/HSDPA.

Because of its size, the Athena won’t easily be used as a phone, but a Bluetooth headset might make this easier.

Built-in GPS capabilities will bring users location-based functions.

A 2100 mAh battery will reportedly keep it going.

Pricing and Availability

There’s no word on exactly what the Athena will cost, but it will certainly be close to $1,000, if not more.

This handheld is currently expected to debut sometime during the first half of 2007, but this is very tentative.

It should be pointed out that of these details are currently just rumors, and any of them could easily turn out to be incorrect.

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