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European Operators Start Selling the HTC Shift Mini-Laptop

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Taiwan's HTC has announced the first availability of the HTC Shift. HTC Shift combines Windows Vista and Microsoft's new Origami Experience 2.0 with 3G and HSDPA connectivity.

Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 enables improved access and consumption of content through the addition of a new finger-friendly browser, RSS Reader and media player. It also includes Origami Now which gives users one-touch access to the information that's important to them, including e-mail, calendar, weather and to-do lists on one screen that changes according to the time, the day and even their current location.

"Bringing the new version of Origami Experience together with the HTC Shift provides an improved and more natural mobile computer experience. I think that users will really enjoy the updated Web experience that utilizes finger touch navigation," said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC. "The HTC Shift has led to a new experience for customers wanting an always-on and always connected mobile computer packed with the features and functionalities they expect from a notebook."

The HTC Shift is also the first device to feature HTC's SnapVUE technology, which provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device helping conserve power and extend battery life. Weighing just 800g and equipped with a 7" touch sensitive 'slide-n-tilt' screen, the HTC Shift is similar in size to a couple of DVD cases and comes with the Windows Vista Business edition and a 40-gigabyte hard drive.

The HTC Shift comes with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA and, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi.

The HTC Shift is available today through Telefonica in Spain, Orange in the UK and will soon be available through TIM in Italy and in specialized retailers across Europe for EUR1199.


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