This time with 4G
Close your eyes and drift back to the end of 2007, when a strange MID named the HTC Shift first popped up on our radar. It launched in 2008 but failed to take off in a big way. The $1000ish price tag may have had something to do with that.
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The Shift was a relic of the Bad Old Days when the iPhone was the only user-friendly smartphone on the market. But its basic design was pretty cool, the way the screen slid up to reveal the keyboard, instead of out, gave it a more comfortable angle for typing and browsing. And now it seems that HTC may be dipping back to that old design as inspiration for a new device, the Evo Shift 4G.
They've tried to trademark the name at least. And some rumors put the Shift as a slightly smaller Evo with a four-row sliding keyboard and a larger battery. It may also lack a front-facing camera. I've used mine all of three times (for profile photos) but that may be a deal-breaker for some folks.
Most recently, a new HTC smartphone named the PG06100 has made it past the FCC. This device is noteworthy for being the second HTC smartphone to support Sprint's WiMAX network. Is the Shift 4G the PG06100? It seems likely.
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And rumors from HTC Source point towards a new Sprint 4G smartphone launching ahead of the holiday shopping season. The Shift's unique style and sliding action would make it a good device to put in front of those gadget-starved Christmas crowds.