Currently, one of the most highly anticipated Pocket PCs is the HTC Universal, the first cellular-wireless Pocket PC with a VGA screen and a clamshell design.
According to DigiTimes, HTC will begin volume production of this device during the third quarter of this year, which means it will almost certainly start reaching customers’ hands by the end of September.
The question, though, is exactly where those hands will be. HTC has said that various wireless carriers will offer the Universal in Europe, North America, and Asia, and it’s unlikely to be rolled out in all those regions simultaneously.
An Overview of the HTC Universal
The HTC Universal will use a clamshell design with a screen on one side and a keyboard on the other. In addition, its “twist and flip” screen will be able to rotate and then be closed down over the keyboard, allowing the device to be used in a tablet configuration.
The HTC Universal will run Windows Mobile 5.0 on a 520 MHz Intel XScale processor and have 128 MB of RAM and 96 MB of ROM. It will have an SD card slot for additional storage.
When closed, it will be 5.2 inches wide, 3.2 inches tall, and .85 inches thick (131.6 by 79 mm by 21.6 mm).
This Pocket PC will support UMTS, so it will have typical data transfer speeds between 400 Kb/s and 700 Kb/s. This is significantly slower than Wi-Fi, but much better than the fastest speeds offered by GPRS.
This device, in addition to its GSM/GPRS/UMTS capabilities, will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will reportedly be able to automatically switch between whichever Wireless Network is best at any given moment.
The HTC Universal will have two cameras, one next to the screen for video conferencing, and one on the other side for images and video. Reportedly, the internal camera will be VGA, while the external one will be 1.3 megapixel.
More information is available on the HTC web site.