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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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Aero
By Hare on 8/12/2007 7:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
Nice pics but I doubt the device can run Aero. Some manufacturers have had problems with customers who thought they would get aero based on marketing pictures when infact the device didn't have Aero (home basic or poor gpu)...




RE: Aero
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/12/2007 8:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
All UMPCs with the Intel 945GU chipset (Intel GMA950 graphics) and A110 processor can run Aero Glass.

My Samsung Q1 Ultra runs Aero Glass just fine. And all UMPCs have at least Vista Home Premium or Vista Business b/c they need pen/handwriting functionality.


RE: Aero
By Hare on 8/12/2007 11:04:07 AM , Rating: 2
Cool. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.


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