shiftsmall.jpgJust finished to watch Hugo Ortega's video presenting HTC Shift and I must admit I like the HTC idea of bringing to us an UMPC (Ultra-mobile computer) which has 2 processors and 2 operating systems working independently on board.

Is the UMPC form factor market ready to take-off soon ?
Is the double O/S option chosen by HTC the winning one ?

A recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • The UMD worldwide forecast is for more than 8 million units in 2011.
  • 2008-2010 will be key years for the development of a market inflection point of anytime/anywhere wireless connectivity that is necessary for widespread adoption of the UMD paradigm.

Some specifications

  • Size: 19 x 13.5 x 3cm
  • Weight: 0.9 kg 0.791 kg
  • 7 inches display
  • Resolution : 800×480 – 1024×600
  • Operating Systems : Windows Mobile 6 & Windows Vista Business
  • CPU's : Qualcomm 400 MHz for WM6 & Dual Core 800 MHz Intel A110 for Vista
  • 7 days battery capacity running on WM6 only. 3 hours on Windows Vista
  • Ram Memory : 1 GB
  • Hard Drive : 40 GB
  • Communication : WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0,
  • Phone data : Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE – Tri-Band UMTS/HSPDA
  • 1.3 MB built-in camera
  • 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 VGA port
  • 1 Finger print reader
  • 1 SD Card reader
  • Slide out Tilt display
  • Price tag : 1200 euros (?)
  • Availability : Q3 2007

The very interesting concept is the possibility to switch from one environment (e.g WM6) to the second one (Vista Business) and back in just the press of a button. Input can be done either using the QWERTY keyboard or the hand-witting recognition system.

Streaming video is available on Gottatobemobile.com or there is a 250 MB video available for download here.

Shift on HTC website  

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