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HTC gets its feet wet in the UMPC market

HTC has long been known for its Smartphones, but the company has something new up its sleeve this time around. The company is showcasing its first Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) in the form of the "Shift."

The Windows Vista Business-powered HTC Shift crams as much technology as you could possibly have in a UMPC device including a 7" (800x400) widescreen display, 1GB of RAM, 30GB HDD, fingerprint scanner, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, tri-band HSDPA and EDGE and a built-in keyboard. When it comes to expansion, there's a Secure Digital slot, a single USB port and a VGA connector.

The Shift can operate in two modes: Tablet mode and Laptop mode. In Tablet mode, the keyboard is hidden and you can write on the screen with a stylus like any traditional Tablet PC. In Laptop mode, the screen slides back to reveal the keyboard. Once in position, the screen can tilt up to 75 degrees.

The keyboard may get the most attention when it comes to the Shift. According to PC Magazine, the keyboard is vastly superior to other tiny keyboard featured on the Sony VAIO UX and OQO Model 02. "The keys are small and tight, but with actual travel: when you push a key, you push it down and it springs back like on a real keyboard, not a thumb-board. We estimated the key pitch at about 17 mm," said PC Magazine's Sascha Segan.

Although final processor specs have yet to be revealed, Engadget reports that the sample that it tested featured a 1.2GHz VIA processor. Pricing was also not made available; however, anywhere far south of $2,000 may fare well for the company.

Updated 3/27/2007: Engadget has posted some new images of the HTC Shift including its screen mechanism and close-ups of the keyboard.

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This actually interests me.
By rdeegvainl on 3/26/2007 1:45:36 PM , Rating: 3
I looked at few of UMPC's as they show up more than a couple times on good interweb sites. But until now now had sparked any sort of interest. Maybe it is the way it is shown in the pic, it's a dailytech "angler" but i think i might just try one out. Until now I couldn't see these as viable alternatives for a laptop. But since the only things i do on my laptop are web surfing and maybe some music... this looks like a better portable solution that my laptop. just my opinion. anyone know of any slicker looking ones, with functionality?

RE: This actually interests me.
By crleap on 3/26/2007 2:03:54 PM , Rating: 2
i'd need to have music on a laptop. 30gb is pretty confining... granted yes there's external HDD, but that defeats the purpose of "ultra-portable". neat, but the HDD capacity needs work.

RE: This actually interests me.
By Url on 3/26/2007 2:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
Rats i wont be able to get my game on now either...


RE: This actually interests me.
By TSS on 3/27/2007 10:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
with a 1,2 GHz there wont be much gaming, atleast not the games of late. not to mention the graphic capacity.

strangely the only way i can see this formfactor succeeding is if they form it into a sort of wristband instead of a loose device. like stated before transporting would start to be annoying and might as well take a laptop along if you have to carry a bag.

oh, and off topic, i read the title wrong on the first pass. i dont think i need to tell you guys what letter i missed :P

RE: This actually interests me.
By PrezWeezy on 3/26/2007 2:57:45 PM , Rating: 3
I looked at the UMPC's. I saw an issue with them in that they are too small to see the screen very well, and too big to fit in your pocket. I opted to go with a laptop and a smart phone. About the same ammount of money, but when I don't want to carry my laptop, my windows mobile phone does the job relatively well. For anything more intensive I go with a laptop. The UMPC is a good idea, but it is in that inbetween range that makes it difficult to carry.

RE: This actually interests me.
By RogueSpear on 3/26/2007 6:56:28 PM , Rating: 2
I was interested until they made mention of a VIA processor. About 5 years ago I vowed never to purchase anything with a VIA product in it. Perhaps VIA's overall quality has improved over that time, but I'm not betting on it with a $2,000 purchase.

RE: This actually interests me.
By lucyfek on 3/26/2007 8:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
just a word of caution - according to one of my college instructors (and a full time member of IT department of one of the largest us corporations) this thing is not all gold (sure it's shiny). vista kills the performance, heat (and palms of your hands over exhaust - the natural position to place them) kills the device. execs were quite thrilled to see the demo of device freezing/rebooting. i'm not sure if the heat issues continue in the cradle, but isn't this a portable pc?
still i would not mind having one (with a dock;)- first, vista would be taken of(f) and hopefully, with proper care it would run stably saving few $ on electricity bill (and the planet at the same time).

By Visk on 3/26/2007 1:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
That looks kinda cool...I wouldn't get one though because I have no use for it.

By sprockkets on 3/26/2007 5:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
what is the speed of running vista on such portable hardware? Running aeroglass as well? Seems pointless but whatever.

Also, a umpc with gsm/hspda as well?

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