HTC is also throwing in a bonus treat with its mobile computing device, the HTC Shift. Positioned as a direct successor to the previous Dopod U1000, the HTC Shift will be running on Windows Vista Business, with an alternative new interface named SnapVue. SnapVue, in short, is similar to the HTC Home interface that made its appearance on the HTC Touch and TyTN II, and allows you to gain access to commonly used applications such as e-mails and text messages.
Our first look at the Shift was one of mixed reactions. A preliminary glance and testing with its Vista interface seems smooth and lag free, which was surprising given its Intel Stealey 800MHz processing horsepower. Also, it would be interesting to see HTC's direction with the Shift's launch now as the market is gearing up for mobile devices based on the newer Intel Menlow platform.
Of course, the Shift is a hybrid device, using its Stealy CPU for Vista functionality and also sporting a secondary Qualcomm MSM 7200 400MHz processor to handle regular mobile activity. Its keyboard and 800g weight however, is where we figured would be taxing to some. Typing on the Shift poses a certain challenge, as it's not exactly a very light device to hold while you utilize the thumbing method to type your message. The keyboard itself also seemed a little stiff at first, but we didn't really have much time to properly give it a typing test, so we'll reserve our judgements for when we actually get the Shift in our labs.
Both the Touch Cruise and the Shift will be available from February 2008 onwards, with a recommended retail price of S$1198 and S$2188 respectively, so now's a good time to start consolidating those angpows come Chinese New Year period.