HTC May Be Prepping UMPC-Like Device with 7-Inch Screen

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Just a few days after the official announcement of HTC’s Athena comes an unconfirmed report that this company is working on a follow-up model that will have an even larger screen. The Athena will be a Windows Mobile-based device, but its 5-inch, VGA touchscreen and built-in hard drive make it comparable to UMPCs. Although according to DigiTimes, HTC is developing a model with an even larger display of 7 inches.

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There are no additional details on this handheld, which HTC is referring to as a "Mobile Office Device" — aside from the fact that it will probably debut during the second quarter of this year.

An Overview of the HTC Athena

The Athena will have a unique design that starts out in a standard enough fashion of a tablet with a touchscreen. However in addition to that it will have a detachable keyboard. The main unit can be magnetically connected to one side of the keyboard to make a laptop-like shape.

This Pocket PC will sport numerous high-end features like a 5-inch VGA screen, an 8GB 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 624MHz XScale processor. The Athena will also have quad-band GSM with EDGE and offer Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.

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