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HTC producing palmtop Windows Mobile/Vista hybrid?

updated 09:45 am EDT, Wed July 4, 2007

HTC X9500 Rumor

Cellphone producer HTC is working on a unique ultra-mobile PC that could straddle the line between notebooks and phones, according to a new leaked roadmap. Presently known as the X9500 and nicknamed the "Shangri-La," the device would resemble the Shift notebook and phone hybrid but include two entirely separate operating systems and related storage. Windows Mobile 6 will be stored on 128MB of ROM and provide phone calls through GSM networks; A full Windows Vista installation, however, will have access to a 30GB or 40GB hard disk and 1GB of memory.

Both sides will have access to 3G Internet access in addition to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a miniSD card slot, and a GPS unit for navigation. A fingerprint reader will be available to the Windows partition for security, HTC's roadmap says.

Release information is not attached to the document, but the price will likely rise above that of the Shift, which omits GPS and relies primarily on Vista alone for its calling and computing functions. A release would have to occur in the fall or later. [via Brighthand]



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