No, the HTC Hermes was neither announced during the 3GSM Congress nor it was shown publicly anywhere here but it surfaced anyway. The folks over at PocketPCItalia.com got their hands on a working prototype of the next generation, small form factor, UMTS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition from HTC code named Hermes.
What to say about the Hermes? It's small, way smaller than the Universal, it's a mix between the HTC Magician and Wizard, since it has the Magician ID and the Wizard slide-out keyboard.
In addition to GSM/GPRS and UMTS it's expected to support HSDPA as well, unlike the current HTC Pocket PCs it's sporting a 300 MHz Samsung processor, has 128 MB flash and 64 MB memory, has the typical small 2.8" touchscreen, supports 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0, memory is extendable though microSD, has a 2.1 megapixel camera with photo light and a secondary VGA cam on the front for UMTS video telephony and has - interesting enough - a scroll wheel!
So far, no information were given about a planned release date nor who will carry it (i-mate seems to be confirmed, carriers haven't said anything yet).
This thing looks hot and will replace my Universal and Prophet for sure, however, I fear I have to live with the dual-combination until fall or so.
Cheers ~ Arne