HTC today announced the nationwide availability of the HTC Shift X9500 UMPC – 800MHz, 1GB, 40GB, 7″ LCD, QuadBand GSM, 3G UMTS/HSDPA EDGE, Bluetooth, Camera, WiFi, Windows Vista Business, Keyboard operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.

Harnessing the power of Windows Vista and Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, the HTC Shift blends advanced wireless connectivity with a sleek design that is half the size and a fraction of the weight of a standard notebook.

HTC Shift

The HTC Shift features the power and connectivity the travelling, busy professional needs. This is the first device to feature HTC’s innovative new SnapVUE technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device, which helps conserve power and extend battery life. Also a great multimedia companion, the HTC Shift utilizes Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.

Other features include:

* 7″ touch sensitive ‘slide-n-tilt’ screen
* Windows Vista Business edition
* 40-gigabyte hard drive
* Light weight of 1.8 pounds
* 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
* High-speed data connectivity with CDMA-EVDO service through Sprint
* Bluetooth® 2.0
* Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.

The HTC Shift is available for pre-order in the United States today online at and for an approximate retail price of $1,499 and will begin shipping on Monday, March 24. For more information on the HTC Shift, please visit