Early this year, HTC — a company best known for making smartphones — announced its first Ultra Mobile PC. This device has not yet been released, but its developer says now that it will hit the market next month.
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.
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.
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 40 GB or 60 GB hard drive.
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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 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.
Other features include an SD slot, a GPS receiver, and a biometric fingerprint scanner.
HTC says that when running Vista this UMPC’s battery life will be 2 hours, but significantly longer when using SnapVUE.
Coming Next Month
The HTC Shift is scheduled to be released next month, but only in Europe. There’s no word yet on when it will be available in the other parts of the world.
The company is supposedly still working to improve this mini-notebook’s battery life.