HTC announce the Shift – a UMPC and Windows Mobile 6 Advantage!


Even before CTIA really got started HTC was announcing new devices!

The HTC Shift is a ‘shift’ (excuse the pun) from HTC into the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) market. 

Available later this year in the US the Shift is a Vista Ready device that has a 7-inch widescreen touch display, a 30 GB hard drive and a slide-open QWERTY keyboard.

Shift is slightly bigger than the mini-laptop offerings from OQO and FlipStart but a whole lot smaller than standard or sub-compact laptops you’re familiar with.

The Shift isn’t lacking for connectivity with support for 3G tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity as standard. 

It also has an inbuilt bio-metric fingerprint reader.

HTC also announced a Windows Mobile 6 version of the HTC Advantage which has similar connectivity to the Shift but has a 6GB Hard Drive in it along with 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM. 

The screen is slightly smaller at 5″. 

You can check out more details HERE


Comments (3)
  1. Colin Walker says:

    Must admit, the shift does look awesome – woke up to a Bloglines list full of it 😉

    Finally, a UMPC which could really make me part with some cash!

  2. alasdairford says:

    doesn’t the advantage have an 8 Mbyte HDD as the WM 5.0 variant? seems a bit odd to reduce that capacity unless it’s power or a typo 🙂

  3. Krip says:

    Yep it’s nice to see HTC enter the UMPC space.  Still, I think I prefer a Windows Mobile device over an XP or Vista one.  Requires less resources (e.g. RAM), boots and shuts down quicker and sync’s well.

    -Krip

    P.S. I think it’s an 8GB drive, not 6GB.

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