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HTC Knight, a.k.a. EVO Shift 4G  (Source: xda-developers.com)
Smaller, full-QWERTY version would continue the EVO brand

Engadget has obtained some information from a reliable tipster that suggests Sprint will try to capitalize on the huge success of the HTC EVO 4G by introducing a new version in the near future.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G, as it is being trademarked, is set to be a smaller version of the current offering from Sprint. Rather, it will pack a four-row, full-QWERTY keyboard and a larger battery. According to the tipster, the device lacks a front-facing camera, but that could change when it sees the light of day (considering the recent popularity of video calling).

According to UnwiredView, the device, formerly known as the HTC Knight/Speedy, is set to be officially unveiled January 6. It will pack a 3.7" WVGA display and most likely ship with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread".

Little else is known about the rumored device. If the name sticks, the powerful EVO brand could evolve into the Sprint's version of Verizon's ubiquitous DROID line of Android-powered smartphones. 


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WHY???
By smokedturkey on 11/17/2010 8:42:31 AM , Rating: 2
Why make the screen smaller??? huh? We want a large phone with a large keyboard, my Droid2 is really too small for my large hands. pffttt
I hate HTC marketing




RE: WHY???
By tlbj6142 on 11/17/2010 8:44:43 AM , Rating: 2
Because the EVO is too big to stick in your pocket?


RE: WHY???
By Treckin on 11/17/2010 9:03:56 AM , Rating: 3
Too big to fit in YOUR skirt maybe!!


RE: WHY???
By Shatbot on 11/17/2010 9:07:54 AM , Rating: 4
That's what she said.


RE: WHY???
By Jedi2155 on 11/17/2010 1:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
LESBIANS


RE: WHY???
By rudy on 11/17/2010 12:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
This makes sense for sprint because sprint already has a 4 inch slide out in the form of the epic 4G. It would create alot of redundancy in their product line to have an EVO equivalent. Also the epic has a superior screen they Samsung will not give up yet. HTC will gain from people who feel 4" is to large but still want a powerfull 4g phone.


Having a EVO already
By cknobman on 11/17/2010 9:29:25 AM , Rating: 1
Im disappointed to hear this.

What makes the EVO great is the huge 4.3 inch screen and because the screen in so big there is no need for a full querty keyboard. The lack of a querty keyboard is actually a plus because it keeps the phone thinner and lighter which makes it easier to store and handle.

So this is likely to be big and fat just like the EPIC.

Way to go sprint, take all the things that make the EVO great away and ruin the line!!!!!!




RE: Having a EVO already
By quiksilvr on 11/17/2010 9:32:45 AM , Rating: 3
You do realize that this isn't replacing anything. It's just going to be there along side it.


RE: Having a EVO already
By TheRequiem on 11/17/2010 11:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
This is a ridiculous comment... first of all, it's "qwerty", not "querty"... Second, The droid brand has multiple devices that come with flip-outs and large screens, this is actually a great marketing ploy by Sprint to pick on the big guys, especially since theya re offering a variety of choices... not everyone wants a 4-inch or 4.3-inch large touch screen, some people like small devices that are just as fast. Get over it.


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