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HTC Evo Brings 4G-Powered Android Superphone to Sprint

While AT&T and Verizon have been duking it out over who has the most 3G coverage and firing iPhone, Droid, and Nexus One salvos at each other, Sprint has been quietly sitting back waiting to deliver its unexpected coup de grâce. Yesterday, at the CTIA mobile event in Vegas, the second tier provider announced the first 4G phone available in the U.S. -- and it's a monster.

The Android 2.1 powered, HTC Evo 4G runs on Sprint's young WiMax network that can (theoretically) deliver download speeds up to 10-times faster than current 3G technology. In addition to the promise of blazing data speeds, the Evo packs what may be the highest-end hardware we've seen in a phone. Like the Nexus One, the Evo has a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and 512Mb of RAM (just a few short years ago that would have been impressive in a desktop PC), but it ups the built-in storage to 1 GB and bumps the screen size up a full half an inch to 4.3 inches. The large screen is put to good use by HTC's custom Sense UI skin, which makes extensive use of large widgets for delivering information at a glance.

Even more impressive, the Evo hosts an 8-megapixel flash-equipped camera capable of recording 720p video. And if the 4.3-inch screen isn't enough, the phone can be hooked up to your HDTV through HDMI. The Evo even includes a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for placing video calls.

Sprint may have also thwarted one of AT&T's biggest points of pride by bringing simultaneous voice and data connectivity to the Evo. The Evo appears to sidestep this restriction of CDMA (the same tech used by Verizon) by reserving WiMax and EV-DO for data only, and routing voice calls over CDMA. We should note that while this seems entirely possible, Sprint hasn't officially confirmed.

The only fault to be found in the Evo is the use of a traditional TFT LCD screen instead of newer, higher-contrast AMOLED screens found on the Nexus One and the HTC Legend. Sprint said the phone will be available sometime this summer, but refused to divulge pricing of either the phone or a 4G data plan. Our friends at Engadget got some hands on with the Evo at CTIA, so check out the video below. [From: Engadget and Sprint]

HTC Evo 4G


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