HTC Shift with EV-DO in the Pipeline

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The Federal Communications Commission has approved a device that’s almost certainly a version of the HTC Shift with support for the 3G cellular-wireless networking standard EV-DO.

The entry on the FCC web site is light on details, but it does give the model number: the CLIO200. The model number for the version announced earlier this year is the CLIO100.

The first version of the Shift unveiled last spring will offer the 3G standard UMTS/HSDPA. HTC has never mentioned that there would be a CDMA version with EV-DO, but one is clearly in the cards.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will apparently be included in both versions.

Thanks to a confidentiality request, the FCC reveals little additional information on this CLIO200, but there is a hint of when it might be announced. The blackout period on this UMPC is over on January 2, 2008, a strong suggestion that it will be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

An Overview of the HTC Shift

The HTC Shift will run Windows Vista Business, and will include something HTC is calling SnapVUE technology. This will be a sort of mini-operating system running alongside Vista on its own 400 MHz processor and memory but using the same display. It is there to provide immediate access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device, which helps conserve power and extend battery life.

HTC Shift

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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.

When closed, it will be 8.1 inches wide, 5.1 inches tall, and 1.0 inches thick. (207 mm x 129 mm x 25 mm). It will weigh 1.7 pounds (800 g).

HTC says the Shift will run Vista on an Intel Stealey 800 MHz processor. It will have 1GB DDR2 RAM and either a 40GB or 60GB hard drive.

Other features include an SD slot, a GPS receiver, and a biometric fingerprint scanner.

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Thanks to Robrecht for the tip. 

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