A few months ago, a cellular-wireless Windows Mobile handheld started to catch people’s eyes, as it has a feature set to rival many UMPCs. Word went out in January that this device, code-named the Athena, would go on sale in Europe through T-Mobile, but there was nothing about a U.S. release.
That changed today, when HTC revealed that this device will be indeed introduced in the U.S. It won’t be available through a carrier though, as this manufacturer will be offering this handheld itself.
The HTC Advantage X7501. (view large image)
This model will be sold under the name HTC Advantage X7501, and it will be available through Amazon.com this summer, although the company has not yet said what it will cost. Still, the price tag is likely to be quite high. The version sold in Europe is 500 Euros with a 2-year contract.
An Overview of the HTC Advantage X7501
The Advantage will be a touchscreen Tablet. Added to that though, will be a detachable keyboard. The main unit can be magnetically connected to one side of the keyboard to make a laptop-like shape. The keyboard can not be used unless it is physically connected to the main unit. However, the main unit is completely usable without the keyboard, thanks to its touchscreen.
This handheld will sport numerous high-end features:
- 624MHz XScale processor
- 8GB hard drive
- 5-inch VGA screen
- GPS receiver
- 3-megapixel camera with flash
- Wi-Fi b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- TV-out port
- Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS
- 128MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM.
- A 2100 mAh battery
- miniSD slot
The X7501 will also come with Microsoft’s Office Mobile. For entertainment, it will include a version of Windows Media Player and stereo speakers. In addition, to tri-band HSDPA/UMTS, the Advantage will have quad-band GSM with GSM/EDGE. It is not going to be a small device. Just the main unit will be 5.2 inches wide, 3.8 inches tall and 0.8 inches thick with keyboard attached (99 mm x 134 mm x 20 mm).
More information on the HTC Advantage X7501 can be found on its manufacturer’s web site.