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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 Brandon Hill on 8/12/2007 1:56:15 AM , Rating: 5
You're forgetting one thing, small and lightweight notebooks aren't cheap.

Just take a look at this link with 54 sub 3-pound notebooks. With the exception of some refurbished Toshiba notebooks and some UMPCs, they mostly all hover in the $1,800 to $2,000+ range.

(click "under 3 pounds" from the drop down listing on the right and look at the results)

You pay for miniaturization in UMPCs the same way you pay for it with sub-notebooks.

And as I said before, $799 will get you a Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC with an 800MHz processor 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, WiFi, thumb-keyboard, Windows Vista Home Premium and 5 hours of battery life. Is that cheap? Heck no, but it's also not $1,500 either. If you want more features like the HTC Shift has, you're gonna pay for it.

And I take issue with your "only useful in a pinch" comment. When I'm on the road, my Samsung Q1 Ultra is my only computer and it is fully usable thanks to its thumb-keyboard and on-screen handwriting recognition. In fact, I typed all of this and my previous posts on my Samsung Q1 Ultra.

RE: Price
By Hypernova on 8/12/2007 3:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto, the amount of engineering required to miniaturise all that thing to this form factor is incredible. The keyboard henge itself is worth $100+. From the demo it's also handling Vista very well and the whole device can hold its own as a fully functional laptop.

RE: Price
By Eldercat1 on 8/12/2007 3:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
But that is set to change in the next few months with the Asus Eee PC. A sub $300 2Lb notebook with an 800Mhz Pentium M and overall dimensions of 8.9in x 6.5in x 1.37in. I had to check several websites to make sure this thing is for real because I can't see the point of ANY UMPC if the Eee PC hits its price point.

RE: Price
By Rayz on 8/14/2007 5:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
I can't see the point of ANY UMPC if the Eee PC hits its price point.

First of all, it has to hit that price point.

The EeePC also has 8GB of flash at the most. That mean it would have no room once I'd got my travelling collection and few films on it. Let's see how much it would cost when there's a useable amount of storage space on it. And I don't think it supports 3G either.

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