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UNVEILED: T-Mobile to release the HTC Athena as T-Mobile Ameo [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.01.07 - 10:19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 11458x
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According Pocketinfo.nl, T-Mobile Europe is expected to launch the previously leaked HTC Athena as T-Mobile Ameo soon (might be officially announced during the 3GSM Congress next month) and indeed, the previously information, we've published, seems to be confirmed now.
So the T-Mobile Ameo is going to feature an Intel XScale at 624 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 256MBROM which is backed-up by a 8 GB hard disk and can be additionally expanded via miniSD. Additionally, it's sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 as well as GPS.
For photo and video, the T-Mobile Ameo will feature a 3 megapixel camera on the back and a additionally QVGA cam on the front for video telephony and displays all this on a 5" VGA sceen:

All these features comes in a (for a Pocket PC Phone Edition) heavy package of 355 grams!

According unconfirmed information I received, the T-Mobile Ameo will be sold with with a dedicated Bluetooth headset which has a display to show the caller ID and which is expected to work as a presentation remote control.
Further sources confirmed, that T-Mobile got a launch exclusivity which means, in countries where T-Mobile operates a business in Europe, you will not see the device from other carriers too soon.

UPDATE: During T-Mobile's CeBIT preview, the German carrier confirmed today that the Ameo will be (indeed exclusively) released in Germany as well. T-Mobile also announced the device price. Together with a 24 month contract, the device will costs 499,95 Euro! A price without a subscription wasn't announced today.
According to German teltarif.de, T-Mobile also said that it plans to release a "Windows Mobile 6" (better known as Crossbow) ROM update at a later point (as soon as it is officially launched by Microsoft) since the first batch of the Ameo is shipped with Windows Mobile 5.0 only. T-Mobile hasn't given any timings nor it is known yet, if a future version will be shipped with Windows Mobile 6 preinstalled.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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