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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: Lol
By masher2 (blog) on 8/12/2007 11:13:16 AM , Rating: 3
Not that long ago, people did an incredible amount of productive work on computers that ran a fraction of that speed. Even today, my two house servers run on 600mhz Via cpus. Actually, one might be the slower 500mhz variant, I can't remember offhand.


RE: Lol
By ThisSpaceForRent on 8/12/2007 1:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I feel like Intel, and AMD, develop faster processors to make up for sloppy programming.


RE: Lol
By Flunk on 8/13/2007 10:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Oh there is no question about that, they definetley do. With our current processors most Windows applications are developed without even thinking about performance since it is nearly impossible to write an simple application that won't run acceptibly on high end hardware. Adobe is a good example of this, Photoshop would perform much better if they actually cared about optimization.


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