It’s a strange beast, a step up from the PDA, but not big enough to make it into notebook territory. It does have a good feature range though – running with Windows Vista Business, it has a 7-inch widescreen display, 30GB hard drive, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, all the telephony basics, Bluetooth 2.0 and full media functionality via Windows Media Player 11.
“The HTC Shift is combining the power of Windows Vista with advanced connectivity in a sleek mobile computer design,“ said Bill Mitchell, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Platforms Division. “HTC and Microsoft have been innovating on smartphones for years, so it is exciting to see them bring that experience and innovation to mobile computers.”
The HTC Shift will be available in the US and Europe in late 2007. Additional details, including specifications, pricing and availability will be announced nearer launch date.