HTC confirms no Via in the Shift

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The original reports that bounced around the web covering the HTC Shift, an innovative UMPC with a sliding keyboard stated that the Shift would be powered by a Via processor.  Then today it was reported that the Shift would come with one of the new Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 processors.  I reached out to HTC and here’s the real dope- the HTC Shift will indeed be powered by one of the new Intel processors, the report that it would be Via-powered was incorrect.  You can find the full press release after the jump.  I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these babies.  :)

BEIJING — April 18, 2007 — Today, at the Intel Developer Forum, High Tech Computer Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), the world’s leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smart devices, announced that its new groundbreaking mobile computer, the HTC ShiftTM, will be based on Intel’s new Ultra Mobile platform 2007.

“With its revolutionary design, advanced wireless connectivity and comprehensive software applications, the HTC ShiftTM is strengthened by the power of Intel’s innovative Ultra Mobile platform 2007,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC. This combination provides users with the ultimate mobile computing experience.

Based on the Intel® Pentium® M architecture with optimizations to significantly extend battery life within smaller form factors, the Intel® Ultra Mobile platform 2007 comprises the Intel® A110 processor, Intel® 945GU Express chipset, and Intel® ICH7U I/O controller hub.

The HTC ShiftTM combines the power of Windows Vista with an innovative QWERTY-based keyboard design and 3G connectivity. The HTC ShiftTM provides all the power, functionality and connectivity busy professionals need in a sleek, portable design. Packed with advanced connectivity, the HTC ShiftTM features high-speed global connectivity with Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth® 2.0 and Wi-Fi®. A multimedia maven, the HTC ShiftTM leverages Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.

“Intel and HTC have a long history of working together on mobile technologies. Today’s announcement is another example of the two companies bringing their latest innovations together on the HTC ShiftTM platform,” said Pankaj Kedia, Director of Global Ecosystem Programs in the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel. “Intel is continuing to extend its leadership by drastically reducing the power consumption and package size while delivering high performance in its silicon roadmap, and looks forward to continued collaboration with HTC.”

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