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.
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
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.
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
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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