A Closer Look at the HTC Shift

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Recently, the world got its first glimpse at the HTC Shift, an upcoming ultra-portable laptop running Windows Vista. This UMPC is on display at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow, and Brighthand‘s Brian Beeler was there to get a closer look at it.

Unfortunately, HTC had the Shift behind glass, so there was no way to test it out. At the very least though, this demonstration shows that the company has a functioning prototype of this computer, even if it isn’t expected to be released until the third quarter of this year.

However, HTC representatives warn that their company is still refining the final design of this device, and there will likely be some difference between the prototype and the shipping version.

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An Overview of the HTC Shift

This mini-laptop will have a Tablet design with a QWERTY keyboard hidden behind its 7-inch touchscreen. When the screen is slid aside to expose the keyboard, it will flip up at an angle.

The Shift will function as a quad-Band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE. It will also support the 3G cellular-wireless networking standards UMTS and HSDPA in the frequencies used in the U.S. and Europe.

For short-range wireless networking it will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0. It will have 64MB of RAM plus 1GB DDR2 microDIMM for running applications, plus 128MB of ROM and a 30GB hard drive for storage. The Shift will also run Windows Vista Business and come with Microsoft Office. Looks like HTC came prepared to face the competition.

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