Monday, January 07, 2008

Ultra Mobile PC With Keyboard

HTC have announced the HTC Shift, an Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) with a keyboard and 3G wireless cellular phone interface. UMPCs failed as a product, partly due to the need to use an on screen virtual keyboard. The HTC Shift has a keyboard, but at around US$1500, this is still expensive for a hand held gadget. An ASUS Eee PC costs about US$500 and provides enough memory and processing power for every day computing. The HTC Shift has a hard disk and faster processor, but it is not clear why you would want a fragile hard disk which could be easily stolen with valuable data in such a portable device.

Processor and Chipset

Intel® Stealey 800MHz + 945GMS + ICH7U; Qualcomm® MSM 7200, 400MHz

Operating System

Windows Vista® Business


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

Hard Disk 1.8-inch 40 GB or 60 GB hard disk (manufacturer's option)


207 mm (L) x 129 mm (W) x 25 mm (T)


800g with battery


7-inch, 800 x 480 TFT-LCD display with adjustable screen angle and touch-sensitive screen


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 (The device will operate on frequencies available from the cellular network)


Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

Mouse Control Left/right mouse buttons and microPad

Wireless Connections

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

I/O Ports

1 USB 2.0, VGA out, and 3.5mm stereo audio out with microphone

Card Slots

1.8/3V USIM/SIM card slot

SDIO slot with hotswap functionality

Fingerprint sensor

Web Camera

Color CMOS VGA camera for videoconferencing

Audio Built-in microphone and dual speakers

2700 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
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
AC Adapter

Voltage range/frequency: 90 ~ 265V AC, 47/63Hz

DC output: 12Vdc, 3A max.

From: The HTC Shift, HTC, 2007

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