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HTC launches Shift in Europe



GSMA Mobile World Congress: Ultra mobile beast shows its face


HTC Shift has been announced today at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Europe. It is  a Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 2.0 device with a 7” touch screen embedded in a sleek case measuring L:207 x W:129 x D:25 mm, it weighs 800g, and it packs a 2,700 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery.


The innovative sliding keyboard design is one of its trademark features, along with an 800 MHz Intel® A110 Processor and 400 MHz Qualcomm® MSM 7200, which are powerful enough to run Windows Vista quite decently, we have to admit. Also, it can run up to 3 days in standby mode (HTC SnapVUE).



HTC’s Shift got its name because it can run Windows Vista or, if you are not in such demand,, you can switch it to what HTC calls HTC SnapVUE, from which you can read your emails, calendar, SMS and so on, without the need to boot up Vista.
It’s been enhanced with Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0 suite of software designed around Vista that provides you with immediate access to information and applications like email, calendar, RSS feeds, weather and to-do lists. 


During the 2008 GSMA World Mobile Congress we had the opportunity to meat with Mr Florian Seiche, Vice President of HTC Europe, and to get a first-hand view of the device.  And I have to admit that HTC Shift is really one impressive device.


HTC Shift Specifications


• 800 MHz Intel® Processor A110
• 400 MHz Qualcomm® MSM 7200perating System

• Windows Vista® Business


• RAM : 1GB DDR2 microDIMM RAM for Vista + 64 MB for SnapVUE™
• ROM : 128 MB for SnapVUE™


• 207 mm length
• 129 mm widts
• 25 mm thickness


• 800g (with battery)


• 7 " TFT-LCD display with adjustable screen angle and touch-sensitive screen
• Resolution of 800 x 480


• HSDPA/UMTS : Tri-band 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
• HSDPA : Up to 3.6Mbps for download and 384kbps for upload
• UMTS : Up to 384kbps for download and upload
• GSM/GPRS/EDGE : Quad-band 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Mouse Control

• Left/right mouse buttons and microPad


• Slide-out QWERTY keyboard


• Bluetooth® 2.0
• Wi-Fi® IEEE 802.11 b/g

Camera• Color CMOS VGA camera for videoconferencing


• Built-in microphone and dual speakers


• 2,700 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
• Windows Vista® operating time: Up to 2 hours
• SnapVUE™ standby time (push e-mail enabled): Up to 53 hours
• SnapVUE™ standby time (push e-mail disabled): Up to 10 days

Hard Disk

• 1.8" 40 GB

I/O Ports

• USB 2.0
• VGA out
• 3.5mm stereo audio out with microphone

Card Slots

• 1.8/3.0 V USIM/SIM card slot
• SDIO slot with hotswap functionality


• Fingerprint Sensor

A/C Adapter

• Voltage range/frequency: 90~ 265 V AC, 47/63 Hz
• DC output: 12 V DC, 3 A max

Bundled Applications

• HTC SnapVue™ (giving up-to-date weather information, SMS messaging and a Direct Push function)
• Office 2007 trial version (60 days)
• Anti-Virus software trial version: PC Cillin 2007 (90 days)

Suggested Retail Price (S.R.P)
• EUR 1,199


Last modified on 11 February 2008
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