Over the past few years, Taiwan-based HTC has become a powerhouse in Windows Mobile-based phones. Today, however, it’s entering a new realm. The company has just announced the HTC Shift, which will be its first mobile device running Windows Vista.
The HTC Shift.(view large image)
"The HTC Shift is combining the power of Windows Vista with advanced connectivity in a sleek mobile computer design," said Bill Mitchell, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Platforms Division. “HTC and Microsoft have been innovating on smartphones for years, so it is exciting to see them bring that experience and innovation to mobile computers.”
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 flips 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. This UMPC-like device will run Windows Vista Business and come with Microsoft Office. It will have 64MB of RAM plus 1GB DDR2 microDIMM, 128MB of ROM and a 30GB hard drive.
The Shift was only announced a few hours ago, and details on it are still sketchy. There’s no word on what processor it will run and as for the dimensions HTC has only said this device will be "similar in size to a couple of DVD cases".
There also has been no word on when with computer will be released or what it will cost.