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Sprint hopes to knock it out of the park with the HTC EVO 4G

Microsoft has been making waves with its Windows Phone 7 Series operating system, Palm is battling the Grim Reaper with slow sales of the Pre and Pixi, and Apple is just on cruise control until the next generation iPhone and iPhone OS 4.0 hit later this summer. Forget the looming lawsuit from Apple, HTC and Sprint are looking to spice things up with some Android lovin' in the form of the HTC EVO 4G.

As its name implies, the new smartphone takes advantage of Sprint's advanced 4G WiMAX network. In addition, the phone supports EV-DO Rev. A, CDMA, and EV-DO.

"Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level."

When it comes to the specs sheet, many people thought that the Google Nexus One had just about every smartphone on the market beat. The HTC EVO 4G simply crushes everything else on the market thanks to a 4.3" (480x800) TFT LCD, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8.0mp camera in addition to a 1.3mp front-facing camera for video conferencing, GPS, digital compass, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile HDTV, and HDMI (720p) output. When it comes to storage, the HTC EVO 4G has 1GB of storage built-in and can support up to 32GB via a microSD slot.

Being that the HTC EVO 4G is a flagship Android device, it is obviously running Android 2.1.

"HTC and Sprint have a strong history of working together to bring consumers technologies and advancements that make their lives easier," added HTC CEO Peter Chou. "We believe that the HTC EVO 4G represents the best of Sprint and the best of HTC working together to bring an unmatched device to the U.S. This combination of HTC and Sprint innovation will allow people to do even more while on the go, faster than ever on the Sprint 4G network."

Sprint has not announced pricing for the HTC EVO 4G, but the phone will be available this summer.



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RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By dubldwn on 3/24/2010 1:31:14 AM , Rating: 2
When AT&T finishes its HSPA 7.2 backhaul deployments, end users probably won't notice the difference between that and the initial 4G speeds from the various carriers.

http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/23/technology/4g_netw...

Plus, I don't think Sprint will have "4G" WiMAX in my city by next summer anyway.


RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By Aloonatic on 3/24/2010 3:02:43 AM , Rating: 2
What is the difference between 3G and 4G anyway? Faster potential transfer rates?

I only say potential as we've had 3G over here in the UK for a while and most service providers throttle it to less than it is capable of anyway. Does the same thing happen elsewhere around the world?


RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By TheRequiem on 3/24/2010 9:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
Initally maybe, but in 2012, Wimax will be upgraded to Wimax 2, which will carry speeds up to 100mbps, which isn't that far off. So initially, this will be about the time the other networks upgraded to HSPA or HSDPA.

http://www.wimax.com/commentary/blog/blog-2010/mar...

Also, wimax is more spectrally efficent then HSPA and LTE,

http://www.wimax.com/commentary/blog/blog-2010/mar...

So, not entirely true... also, that is a quoted media news statement, not very reliable.


RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By omnicronx on 3/24/2010 11:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
Seems as though the author of that article missed the main advantage of 4G from a carriers perspective. Its not the speed, its the capacity. LTE for example has more than 3 times the capacity (as a result of a 20mhz channel width instead of 6mhz) per tower than current 3G networks.

HSPA 7.2 is completely irrelevant if the tower you are accessing is maxed out, which seems to be the case for a large percentage of AT&T's network.

In other words I completely disagree, in markets where 4g has been rolled out, end users will surely notice, as these are most likely going to be in urban areas where capacity has been an issue.


RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By rett448 on 3/25/2010 4:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Its not the tower that maxed out its the backhaul. Most cell towers are still fed with a few T-1s.


RE: HAHA Apple fanbois!!
By daveinternets on 3/24/2010 11:48:32 AM , Rating: 2
Enjoy your battery sucking 3G network.


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