updated 11:45 am EDT, Mon March 26, 2007
HTC Shift and Advantage US
HTC made its own contribution to CTIA today by revealing the Shift, its first entry into ultra-mobile PCs. With a 7-inch touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, the device initially resembles most of its rivals but reflects its company's cellphone heritage: HSDPA provides 3G mobile Internet and is bolstered by a quad-band GSM radio for phone calls. Its keyboard also tilts to let the main display sit upright on a desk. HTC also promises Wi-Fi, a 30GB hard drive, and a front camera for video calls. The Shift should be available preloaded with Vista in Europe and the US during the summer.
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The cellphone designer has also confirmed an American launch for the Advantage hybrid computer and smartphone by unveiling the x7501. Almost all features of the European original remain in place, the company says, with the only concession being the absence of a front camera. The 3-megapixel rear camera, 8GB hard drive, and HSDPA-based 3G wireless of the device will stay; in fact, the company says, the US edition will see an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 and its improved performance with web browsing and Office documents.
Much like the Shift, the x7501 will come to the US in the summer, but may not be tied to a carrier. Pricing has also gone unannounced.