HTC announced at the CTIA the expansion of its product portfolio to include two new computing devices that focus on providing users with the definitive mobile computer experience.
The HTC Shift brings the full power of Windows Vista and advanced wireless connectivity into an innovative and compact design that is sure to create a new paradigm for mobile computing. The HTC Advantage delivers extreme portability that leverages the mobile office strengths of Windows Mobile 6 and advanced wireless connectivity in one of the smallest mobile computer designs available.
The HTC Shift combines the power of Windows Vista with a QWERTY-based keyboard design and 3G-connectivity. Similar in size to a couple of DVD cases, the HTC Shift comes with Windows Vista Business, includes a 7-inch widescreen touch display and a 30-gigabyte hard drive. Packed with advanced connectivity, the HTC Shift features high-speed global connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. The HTC Shift leverages Windows Media Player 11 to provide access to music, videos and photos.
“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 Advantage is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket: 133.5 mm (L) x 98 mm (W) x 16 mm (T). The thickness with keyboard is 20 mm. It weights 359g (with battery). It features a 624 MHz CPU with ATi Graphic Chip W2284, a 5” transmissive TFT-LCD with backlight LEDs, touch-sensitive screen, and 3 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and flash light.
Based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, it includes Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile for quick access to email, calendar and contacts and Microsoft Office Mobile enabling the creation and editing of Microsoft Office documents. The HTC Advantage includes a thin, magnetically connected QWERTY keyboard and advanced connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. The HTC Advantage enables navigation capabilities with built-in GPS navigation. Other features include: HDD 8GB, ROM 256MB, RAM 128MB, miniSD card slot, HTC VueFLO for easy navigation, and 3.5mm Stereo audio jack.
The HTC Advantage will be available through Amazon.com and other retailers this summer. The HTC Shift will be available in the US and Europe in Q3 2007.