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HTC's shift pulls double duty when it comes to operating systems

DailyTech first brought you information on HTC's Shift Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) back in March. The Shift, like the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Fujitsu FMV-U8240 are powered by Intel's UMPC-specific A110 800MHz processor.

After months of speculation on the part of the UMPC community and virtual silence from HTC, the Shift is once again in the limelight. GottaBeMobile's Hugo Ortega was given the chance to spend a few days with the Shift and has provided a 30-minute video review of the device.

As previously mentioned, the Shift features an 800MHz Intel processor along with 1GB DDR2 memory, 7" screen (1024x600, 800x480), 40GB HDD, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 3G wireless (HSDPA), slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3MP webcam and a biometric fingerprint scanner. In addition, the Shift also features a secondary Qualcomm 400MHz processor, an additional 64MB RAM and a 32MB flash ROM.

The secondary processor and memory are what makes the HTC Shift special. With the push of a button, it can instantaneously switch between Windows Vista Business and the Windows Mobile operating system (running at 640x480). When operating in Windows Mobile mode, users can still access features such as weather, email and contacts. In this mode, battery life is an astonishing seven days versus roughly three hours when using Windows Vista business.

There is still no word on pricing or availability for HTC's Shift, but expect a price tag well north of $1,500.

Updated 8/14/2007:
Dynamism is showing the HTC Shift on pre-order for $1,499. Dynamism is known for its high markups, so hopefully the Shift will debut at a lower price point when it reaches regular retailers in the U.S.



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RE: Price
By quiksilv3r on 8/12/2007 12:23:00 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, yea, that is what makes this thing special. A high res 7" screen and a slide out keyboard.
I dare you to try to find something with more functionality at a cheaper price. You mentioned the iPhone, which has NOTHING to do with a UMPC, however, since you brought it up, let me use it as an example.
The Iphone costs $599. $774 if you include the $175 cancellation fee to get out of that 2 year Cingular contract. (Since we are just talking about the hardware).

$774 gets you
3.5" touch screen (320x480)
8 GB Storage
2 MP Camera
802.11b/g Wi-Fi
Bluetooth v 2.0 (Headset support ONLY)
8 Hours of battery life

An estimated $1,500 will get you

7" touch screen
50 GB Storage
a 1.5 MP Webcam
802.11g
A keyboard
3G
A biometric finger scanner
Over 5 days of battery life.
1 GB RAM
A second processor

As you can see, it is special enough to cost over $1500. And while it is a niche product, it is expected to carry a this sort of price tag.


"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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