Over the last month or so, there have been several rumors about the HTC Athena, an upcoming high-end Pocket PC that will have a feature set that could make it comparable to a UMPC.
According to Pocketinfo.nl, a web site based in the Netherlands, T-Mobile will soon announce plans to introduce a version of this device, called the Ameo.
The Athena/Ameo supposedly will have a unique design that starts out in a standard enough fashion. It will resemble a Tablet with a touchscreen. Added to that though, will be a detachable QWERTY keyboard and the main unit can be connected to one side of the keyboard to make a laptop-like shape.
Very High End
Pocketinfo.nl is reporting that this Pocket PC will sport numerous high-end features, like a 5-inch VGA screen, an 8GB hard drive, a GPS receiver, 3-megapixel camera and HSDPA.
It is rumored to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition on a 624 MHz processor. In addition, to HSDPA (2100 MHz for Europe), the Ameo reportedly 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 is expected to be 5.2 inches wide, 3.8 inches tall and 0.8 inches thick (97mm x 133mm x 20mm). It also is supposed to have a 2100 mAh battery and a miniSD slot packed in. Users are already comparing the Ameo to Nokia’s N800 Internet Tablet.
According to Pocketinfo.nl, the T-Mobile Ameo will be available in Europe in a few weeks for an undisclosed price. There’s no word from this source if this handheld will be released by T-Mobile USA. Several more pictures of this Pocket PC can be found on the Dutch web site.