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HTC Shift

HTC Shift

08 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The HTC Shift blurs the line between mobile phone and laptop. It’s has functionality found on a mobile phone, as well as functionality you would find on a laptop, all rolled into one very sleek device. The Shift runs Windows Vista, has a 7” widescreen display, 30GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, QWERTY keyboard, quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS coverage, as well as built in Bluetooth, USB, and WiFi 802.11b/g connectivity.

The Shift is a slider, the top section sliding to the left to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The touch-screen LCD display is a full 7 inches, with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and adjustable viewing angle, much like that of the HTC TyTN II. There is no specification on the colours supported by the TFT LCD, but I would expect at least 262,144 – fingers crossed for 16.7 million, though.

Windows Vista Business is pre-installed on the Shift, providing the latest in Windows computing. All interaction with the OS is via the touch screen display or the MicroPad mouse, which has two mouse buttons. If you have the Shift closed, you will only have access to the touch screen.

The Shift has a new feature dubbed ‘SnapVUE’, which provides always-on access to things like e-mail, calendar, SMS and contacts without booting into Windows Vista. Up to 53 hours of standby time can be achieved with SnapVUE when push e-mail is enabled, and if disabled, up to 11 days. With Windows Vista running the 2700mAh lithim-ion battery pack will only last 2 hours.

The HTC Shift’s specifications show that the Shift has an Intel Stealey CPU (800MHz) and Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz chipset.

Connectivity options on the Shift include Bluetooth, one USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11b/g, VGA out, and a 3.5mm stereo port. This is on top of the support for UMTS 850/1900/2100MHz 3G networks and GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 2G networks. HSDPA up to 3.6Mbit/s download and 38kbp/s upload is supported on 3G bands, with GPRS and EDGE on 2G bands.

Added on to the Windows Vista security features is a fingerprint scanner.

The HTC Shift weighs around 800grams, and measures 207 x 129 x 25mm. It will be available sometime before the end of the year on Vodafone and Optus networks, or outright for $1,999.

FYI .:. HTC Shift
(ETA 4th quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UMTS HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz
Form factor Horizontal slider
Size 207 x 129 x 25 mm
Weight 800 grams
Display 7”, TFT LCD @ 800 x 480 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 2700mAh
Talk/usage time* SnapVUE (push e-mail enabled): Up to 54 hours*
SnapVUE (push e-mail disabled): Up to 11 days*
Standby time* Windows Vista operating time: Up to 2 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 1x USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11b/g, VGA out, and 1x 3.5mm stereo jack
Camera support Colour CMOS camera for video conferencing
Data support HSDPA (up to 3.6Mbit/s down, 384kbp/s up), GPRS, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows Vista
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 40GB or 60GB HDD (1.8”) (manufacturer option)^
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail
Ringing tones TBC^
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Intel Stealey 800MHz CPU
Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz chipset
SDIO slot with hot-swap functionality
Built-in microphone and dual speakers

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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