Here is the press announcement for the US release of the HTC Shift:
"HTC today announced the nationwide availability of the HTC Shift. Harnessing the power of Windows Vista and Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, the HTC Shift blends advanced wireless connectivity with a sleek design that is half the size and a fraction of the weight of a standard notebook. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, the HTC Shift can leverage always-connected CDMA-EVDO connectivity and features true push email with up to three days of battery life. Today, Sprint covers more square miles, cities, and airports with mobile broadband than any other carrier, offering the nation?s largest mobile broadband network to HTC Shift users.
?For the first time, customers can experience an extremely small, touch-optimized PC with high speed cellular connectivity and push email. The result is an unmatched mobile computing experience,? said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. ?We are pleased to meet our customers? growing mobility needs by bringing this state-of-the-art product to the United States.?
?The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network offers advanced connectivity and fast connection speeds that reach more than 13,453 cities and 1,321 airports so customers can use the HTC Shift just about wherever they may work or play across the nation,? said Danny Bowman, vice president of customer equipment for Sprint. ?We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with HTC as they continue to design innovative devices that serve a critical need in the marketplace when combined with Sprint Mobile Broadband Service.?
The HTC Shift features the power and connectivity the travelling, busy professional needs. This is the first device to feature HTC's innovative new SnapVUE technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device, which helps conserve power and extend battery life. Also a great multimedia companion, the HTC Shift utilizes Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos. Other features include:
? 7" touch sensitive 'slide-n-tilt' screen
? Windows Vista Business edition
? 40-gigabyte hard drive
? Light weight of 1.8 pounds
? 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
? High-speed data connectivity with CDMA-EVDO service through Sprint
? Bluetooth? 2.0
? Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.
Pricing and Availability
The HTC Shift is available for pre-order in the United States today online at www.htc.com and www.amazon.com for an approximate retail price of $1,499 and will begin shipping on Monday, March 24. For more information on the HTC Shift, please visit www.SwitchOffStayConnected.com. "