Rogers Wireless notched up another North American first today by announcing that it was the first North American carrier to offer the HTC Shift.
The state-of-the-art HTC Shift X9501 is a pure data powerhouse that gives customers the best of all worlds; power and familiarity of Windows Vista, the comfort and ease of touch screen technology via the Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, and the impressive speed of the Rogers 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network for an unmatched mobile computing experience that can be used seamlessly around the globe.
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 Business edition and 128MB ROM for SnapVUE, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts to sit above the QWERTY keyboard, a 40GB 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 card slot.
A forthcoming software update from HTC and Rogers will enable GPS functionality and support for maps and navigation from TeleNav. The update is expected within the next three months.
The HTC Shift X9501 is available from Rogers starting today. With a three-year service plan with a minimum CAD$50 Flex Rate Data Plan, the Shift will cost CAD$1,599.99. Without a service plan, it will sell for CAD$2,099.99.