If you’re waiting to get your hands on an HTC Shift, you will have to wait a bit longer. As reported earlier and now further supported by a report from DigiTimes, HTC has delayed volume shipments of the HTC Shift. Originally expected in November 2007, the Shift is now expected in January 2008.
DigiTimes sources indicate that the delay is due to integration problems between the hardware and software. The HTC Shift features both Microsoft Windows Vista as well SnapVUE, an always-on mode that provides you instant access to critical information – including e-mail previews, local weather, calendar, and SMS – even if the device is not switched on. This unique configuration appears to have given HTC a bit more trouble than it originally expected.
The HTC Shift is powered by a 800MHz Intel processor and a 400MHz Qualcomm processor. It comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 1GB RAM for Vista and 64MB and 128MB ROM for SnapVUE, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts out to sit above the QWERTY keyboard, either a 40 or 60GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, a fingerprint sensor, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD expansion card slot.