The 4G phone race is on. Sprint and HTC announced a 4G-3G combo phone they’ll begin selling this summer.
“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,” Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse said in the release, issued from CTIA.
Pricing of the HTC EVO 4G will be released later, but you can take a leap by pre-registering for the device today at Sprint.com.
The EVO has a 4.3-inch touchscreen 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel autofocus camera with HD-capable video camcorder, plus a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
It also has a built-in hotspot feature that lets up to eight WiFi devices share its 4G connection. That could make it a great accessory to devices like the WiFi only version of the iPad, or help make friends at a coffee shop or bar with a poor connection.
Spring and HTC poked at Apple in the release, mentioning that the EVO’s support of Adobe Flash “ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.”
The EVO has the HTC Sense interface, plus features such as a “Friend Stream” that aggregates updates from social networks and a “polite” ringre that quiets a ringing phone when it’s picked up, the release said.
News of the device follows Clearwire’s announcement that it’s bringing 4G service to more cities, including Los Angeles, and will reach 120 million people by the end of the year.
T-Mobile’s also talking up improvements to its 3G network, the majority of which will be upgraded to near 4G speeds with HSPA+ technology by year-end, reaching 185 million people.
A few images of the EVO: