We know that we're not the first people go get their grubby mitts on the HTC Shift, but that doesn't mean that we're not excited about it. Between this, the HTC Advantage, and the Redfly, the desire for some sort of WM-based UMPC is growing within us like a benign cancer. The only way to cut it out is probably going to be to empty our wallets sometime soon. Sigh.

Anyhow, the Shift is an incredible device. It's a combination Windows Mobile 6 Pro “smartphone” (though it doesn't make calls) and a Windows Vista UMPC. They both run at the same time (you hit a button to switch between them) and interact with each other just a tiny bit (I believe Vista uses WM for its 3G internet access).

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The shape and built of the device is essentially an oversized AT&T Tilt - you can use it all closed up like a tablet, slide it out flat and attempt (awkwardly) to use it flat, or tilt the screen up as above. The keyboard is, sadly, not quite full-sized.

Specs are impressive:

  • 7-inch, 800x480 touchscreen
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 30GB hard drive
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11g
  • 1.2 mp camera (for video conferencing)
  • Baby-sized (but usable) touchpad for the mouse

The US release of the Shift has been delayed slightly, but it's due out this quarter. Price will be pretty steep (likely around $1499), but not too steep given that this is a full-on Vista UMPC AND a sweet Windows Mobile device.

Here comes the gallery: