Handset manufacturer HTC announced the availability of its ultra mobile computer the HTC Shift. Running Windows Vista and Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, the HTC Shift brings wireless connectivity to a design half the size and a fraction of the weight of a standard notebook. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, the HTC Shift leverages the always-connected CDMA EV-DO network, featuring a 7-inch touch-sensitive “slide-n-tilt” screen, 40 GB hard drive, Wi-Fi and up to three days of battery life.
“For the first time, customers can experience an extremely small, touch-optimized PC with high speed cellular connectivity and push e-mail. The result is an unmatched mobile computing experience,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America, in a statement.
The HTC Shift is the first device to feature HTC's SnapVUE technology. It provides instant access to e-mails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without having to fully boot up the device, helping to conserve power and extend battery life. The HTC Shift also uses Windows Media Player 11 to provide access to music, videos and photos.
The HTC Shift is available for pre-order for $1,499, and will begin shipping in the United States on Monday.