T-Mobile Ameo: HTC Athena coming to the UK

The HTC Athena is more of an ultramobile PC than it is a mobile phone -- it's perfect for anyone looking for high-speed Internet access on the go

Before we headed off to CES we got wind of an HTC device called the Athena . At that moment in time we didn't know much about it and all we had to go on was a badly taken picture and some rumoured specs.

Yesterday T-Mobile confirmed that the HTC Athena, which it is rebranding as the T-Mobile Ameo (pictured), is coming to the UK in March. It also announced that it will be exclusive to T-Mobile and will be available on its Web'n'Walk tariff.

Information on features is still thin on the ground but we do know that it supports HSDPA and boasts a 127mm (5-inch) colour screen with detachable keyboard. Other features (which we've deduced from the press photos) include video-calling capabilities via a VGA camera, a secondary camera on the outside with an LED photo light for taking pictures, Wi-Fi connectivity and the Windows Mobile operating system.

If, however, it's anything like the German T-Mobile Ameo, which was also announced recently with specs to boot, then it will come with Windows Mobile 5.0, an Intel XScale 624MHz processor with 8GB of on-board memory, a miniSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and a 3-megapixel camera.

Fingers crossed that we get the same awe-inspiring specs over here. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the German version is selling for about £350. It will probably be on a similar tariff to the T-Mobile Vario II. Expect a full review soon. -AL

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You can prop up the screen like a laptop. There's also a joystick on the top-left side that we assume lets you navigate. We're still not sure if the screen is a touchscreen or not.

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We're keen to test out the keypad and see how easy it is to use. The keys look well spaced and large enough to press without needing a toothpick. It's good to see there are plenty of dedicated soft keys around and we love the large screen.

 

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