HTC Prepping New Cellular-Wireless Pocket PC

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An Italian web site has turned up the details on an upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC from HTC. Currently, this model is known only by its code-name, the Magician.

So far, what has attracted the most attention to this model is its small size, especially when compared with other cellular-wireless Pocket PCs like the iPAQ h6315. According to PocketPC italia.com, the Magician will be just 4.1 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick (105 mm by 59 mm by 15 mm). It will weigh only 5.0 ounces (130 g). If these dimensions are correct, this device won’t be much larger than a lot of smartphones.

The Magician is supposed to run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs Second Edition on a 416 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.

HTC Magician It will have 64 MB of RAM, 48 MB of ROM, and an additional 7.6 MB of Storage as a ROM drive.

With a device this small, there is no way to fit in a standard size screen. Therefore, the Magician’s 240-by-320-pixel display will be just 2.9-inches when measured diagonally.

Although its integrated GSM/GPRS radio means it can be used for both wireless voice and data, the lack of a physical numberpad means that using the Magician as a mobile phone appears to be a secondary function.

This will reportedly be a Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device, which means it can be used in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

In addition, the Magician will include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Its SD slot will support SDIO, so it’s possible Wi-Fi SD cards can be used with it, as well.

Its built-in camera will be able to take 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) pictures.

According to PocketPC italia.com, this cellular-wireless smartphone is expected to sell for between $480 and $600 (400 to 500 Euros).

Thanks to msmobiles.com for the tip.

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