Sprint Unveils EVO: World’s First 4G Phone

by Matt Klassen on March 26, 2010

The 4G revolution is in full swing, with most major wireless carriers (and a few minor ones as well) announcing the widespread availability of 4G service for American customers by the end of the year. In this spirit, at this week’s CTIA Sprint unveiled the first phone built specifically for a 4G network, the mighty and well-stocked HTC EVO.

Running the latest Android v2.1, Sprint’s newest smartphone will be the centerpiece on the wireless carrier’s highly touted WiMax 4G network, which is expected to be available to more than 120 million users in the United States by the end of the year.

As Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, writes, “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…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.”

While it won’t be released until the summer, Sprint was more than willing to spend some time gushing about the myriad of cutting edge features sported by this new superphone, and while it doesn’t happen often, I, for one, am impressed.

Sprint boasts that the HTC EVO will deliver one of the fastest and most robust multimedia experiences on wireless phones today, and while the lightning fast speeds that analysts experienced at the CTIA could be due to the fact that no one else was on the network, we all hope that increased 4G availability will not hamper the speedy data transfer rates.

Inside the EVO is a beefy 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, the standard among all cutting edge phones these days, which will ensure a smooth and speedy user experience. Not only that, but the EVO boasts dual cameras—an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera that also has HD-video recording capabilities, and a 1.3 megapixel still camera—which will allow users to create, stream, and watch HD videos online with unsurpassed speed and clarity in today’s market (although the inclusion of the 1.3 megapixel camera is a little confusing).

I had to laugh this past week when Sprint rolled out the Overdrive, a 4G hotspot creator designed to turn any regular 3G phone into a 4G capable device. While I certainly understand the draw of a device like this for smartphone users locked into long-term contracts with no hope of 4G on the horizon, it really struck me as a bastardized 4G experience; just a sniff of what devices on Sprint’s WiMax network could offer. With the HTC EVO 4G, not only do you get cutting edge features and a lightning fast user experience, but the phone acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot as well, allowing five other phones to access Sprint’s network. About the only thing Sprint didn’t announce was the price of this device and while we all hope and pray it will be affordable, I doubt it will be.

So while I’m sure tomorrow will bring yet another announcement of a phone just a little better than this one, Sprint’s new HTC EVO 4G might just be the phone to beat this year.

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