Sprint and HTC just announced the EVO 4G, a beast of a device that we had seen glimpses of under the monicker Supersonic. The overall package is extremely impressive: 4.3″ display, 8 megapixel primary camera with a secondary 1.3 megapixel video conferencing camera, 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, HDMI-out, GPS, and Wi-Fi. Hooah. Both HTC and Sprint are quick to point out the EVO 4G’s pinch-to-zoom capabilities and kickstand, even with such an impressive stat line to boast about. This is quite the beast of a smartphone, and our boys in Vegas will no doubt get us some hands-on video and pictures of the EVO 4G just to illustrate its full capabilities. The press release mentions Adobe Flash support, which would be nice to see in action.
To date, Sprint’s only real WiMAX products have been in the mobile broadband sphere, like the Overdrive. They flirted with smartphones with the Samsung Mondi, but the EVO 4G presents a truly concerted push of WiMAX to consumers. While the EVO 4G will likely be both Sprint and HTC’s biggest news of CTIA, they also had announcements regarding expanded WiMAX coverage and a new online store, respectively. On top of the areas already planned, the WiMAX expansion will be coming to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis this year, and should open up the potential market for the EVO 4G considerably when it’s released this summer (not the end of the year). HTC has already had some time to dabble with 4G handsets in Russia – one can only hope that the experience has provided them with a few valuable lessons before launching their first WiMAX handset in the U.S.
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