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.