View Full Version : New cell phones disguised as computers

03-26-2007, 08:55 PM
HTC announces two new paradigm wireless devices at CTIA

You can see from the photo that the Shift runs on Windows Vista but don't be completely fooled — it's really a cell phone at heart.

Taiwan’s HTC manufactures great Windows Mobile smartphones. In the United States, their handsets are sold by cellular companies under their own names, like the T Mobile Dash, Cingular’s 8125 or Verizon’s XV6700.

But HTC’s full corporate name is High Tech Computer Corp. — and that means they don’t feel constrained to manufacture only little cellular handsets.

So, even before this week’s Cellular Telecommunications & Internet expo begins here in the land of orange groves and Disney World, HTC was busy making some interesting non-cell phone announcements.

First, a new device that HTC calls the Shift. It has a cell phone inside — but it’s a full-blown portable Windows Vista PC — about the size of two DVD boxes stacked on top of each other.

The Shift has a cool 7-inch widescreen touch display, a 30 GB hard drive and a slide-open QWERTY keyboard that you can actually type on. Shift is bigger than mini-laptop offerings from OQO and FlipStart but a whole lot smaller than standard or sub-compact laptops you’re familiar with.


03-26-2007, 10:35 PM
Sexy, too bad it will be horribly expensive...

03-27-2007, 01:45 AM
Sexy, too bad it will be horribly expensive...

Speaking of horribly expensive, how about a 1 MILLION-dollar laptop?


There currently aren't any shots of the device in an open state, but there are a few pictures of what appear to be renderings of a piano finished laptop next to a slide-open box. As far as specs go, we're hearing that it'll have a self-cleaning 17-inch widescreen monitor with a special anti-reflective coating, a 128GB Solid State Disk Drive (http://www.engadget.com/search/?q=ssd), and a slot loading Blu-ray drive, along with the obligatory diamond encrusted power button