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High Tech Computer (HTC) has finally launched the HTC Shift UMPC (ultra mobile PC), but only in Taiwan. The HTCC Shift is expected to be available in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, at the end of February.
a long-time partner of HTC, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), has decided to test the water for the UMPC segment by teaming up with Asustek Computer to push sales of Asustek's Eee PC, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
The HTC Shift will be available at NT$39,900 (US$1,235) in a package deal from FET, with the suggested retail price likely to go up to NT$45,990 in the channels, our sources indicated.
HTC plans to launch a 5-inch mobile computing device designed to replace the HTC Advantage in 2008. The shift has received several pre=production reviews which have given it incredible praise for its full keyboard, sturdy design and great battery life.
A new report reveals that Samsung and Motorola have recently surpassed HTC in non-touch screen windows Mobile devices. This news is not that surprising since the Samsung Black Jack and Motorola Q lines have been flying off the shelves for the past few months. HTC has been focusing a lot more on their signature touch screen devices these past few months. With Samsung and Motorola leading the way, maybe HTC should think of stepping up their advertising budgets for their devices here in the U.S.
HCT has stumbles across something great the their HTC Touch! A little over 6 months after they have released the Touch, HTC has just sold 2 million of the devices. These numbers are astonishing since just two months ago, in November, HTC told us they had sold 1 Million of the Touch. With more U.S. carriers picking up the HTC Touch (Alltel and Verizon Wireless), I'm sure this will not be the last sales announcement from HTC.
Skyfire browser has appeared out of nowhere and now is offering the most complete mobile web browser on the market. Skyfire has only started releasing a beta version on their browser, but it seems like we are all in for a treat. Skyfire's new browser offers full website support when means that all the pages you have come to love on your computer will look identical an you Windows Mobile device. Skyfire supports full flash integration which means no more workarounds to get youtube videos to play on your HTC device. Skyfire has also shown off its ability to use google Maps through the browser.
We have not gotten a hand-on review of the Skyfire browser quite yet, but as soon as we do, we'll be sure to post any additional thoughts. Be sure to check out the video as well.
It seems like the HTC touch is the device that just keeps on Touching (or giving). Verizon Wireless has announced that they will also be carrying the HTC touch in Pearl White on their high speed EV-Do network. Features on the phone seem to be exactly the same as Sprint's Touch, with WM6, 2MP camera, but according to a few sources on the web, Verizon will have GPS features included.
No official announcement on the GPS qu78ite yet, but we'll have to wait and see. Verizon will dub their new device at the Verizon wireless XV6900 Touch (don't you love all those extra numbers before the name). verizon is keeping us in the dark with the release date of their HTC XV6900 Touch, but I'd expect to see the price at $250 with a new 2 year contract.
It seems HTC has a nother phone up their sleeve. The HTC Pharos (aka the HTC P3470) will be HTC's latest phonee to feature their TouchFLO interface. Unlike some of the most recent HTC devices, the HTC Pharos is said to be an entry level phone for the budget crunchers among you. The Pharos will feature a 200 MHz Texas Instrument processor (same speed as the HTC Touch), 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM, Bluetooth 2.0, and a GPS receiver. It seems that HTC opted for a GPS phone for those who are not so interested in using their devices to surf the web over WiFi.
HTC has unfortunately not released any additional infomration on the pharos, but I'm sure we could expect the device to be released in Q2 of 2008.
Smartphone maker HTC has added to its Dutch sales team. Jim Boerma was named retail channel manager and Wendy Straver has become channel marketer. HTC is hoping to kick start their smartphone sales in the Dutch market which have been lagging behind other European countries.