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HTC EVO 4G Is The 'Super' Phone For Sprint

Sprint and handset maker HTC have finally debuted the long-rumored WiMax-powered Android smartphone. It's called the EVO 4G. Think of it as an HD2 on steroids. Huge screen, fast processor, lots of sex appeal.

Sprint and handset maker HTC have finally debuted the long-rumored WiMax-powered Android smartphone. It's called the EVO 4G. Think of it as an HD2 on steroids. Huge screen, fast processor, lots of sex appeal.From a sheer spec perspective, the EVO 4G has a lot going for it. Let's look at the positives.

First up, the networking stuff. It will have a WiMax radio on board along with CDMA EVDO Rev. A for 3G fallback. Other radios include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a mini HDMI port for plugging into a TV. It will offer the hotspot creator application, allowing the EVO 4G to act as a Wi-Fi wireless hotspot for up to five other devices.

It will have a 4.3-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels (same as HD2). Providing the ponies is a Qualcomm 1GHz processor. It has 1GB of built-in memory and 512MB of RAM.

It has an 8 megapixel camera (huge!), and can shoot HD video if that's your thing. It also has a 1.3 megapixel user-facing camera for video sharing/chatting.

It will run Android 2.1, with HTC's Sense user interface theme applied, making it a highly personable device.

All good stuff. Sprint didn't share pricing or availability information. It would only say "Summer". That's a lot earlier than anyone expected to see a WiMax handset actually out on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS:

3G/4G capability Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor 4.3" capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback World-class HTML browser - bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks Android 2.1, with access to more than 30,000 apps on Android Market GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words Sprint Navigation, with turn-by-turn driving directions and 3D maps Updated HTC Sense, award-winning user experience, which includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates Visual voicemail Messaging - personal and business email, IM and text messaging 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability - connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices 4G data speeds (WiMAX) - peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps. 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) - peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.

ENTERTAINMENT

8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 1.3MP front-facing camera High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately) Live video sharing with Qik Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack FM radio and Amazon MP3 store Sprint applications including Sprint TV® and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile(SM) Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB

SPECIFICATIONS:

Dimensions: 4.8" x 2.6" x .5" (LxWxT) Weight: 6 ounces Main display: 4.3" WVGA (800x480) 65K colors Standard removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery Memory: 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM

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