CTIA: Video: Sprint Announces HTC EVO 4G Smartphone


At CTIA earlier in the week, Sprint unveiled the much rumored HTC Supersonic phone as the official HTC EVO 4G phone, which sports Android 2.1, a large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen similar to the Windows Mobile HTC HD2, and astounding HD features and multimedia capabilities.

Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, unveils the HTC EVO 4G Android 2.1 smartphone

Some cool features that were demoed with the device include the ability to turn the smartphone into a wireless hotspot–not unlike the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus app and the standalone MiFi mobile hotspot router–to connect up to 8 devices to the dual-mode phone; the EVO 4G can operate on Sprint’s CDMA/EVDO Rev. A network in 3G and the Now Network on 4G via WiMax. Although pricing and tethering plans are yet to be announced, we were highly impressed with the demo as results were returned instantaneously and there was absolutely no latency or wait time between search and search results. Sprint’s fast 4G network–which is rapidly expanding–combined with the large 4.3-inch display is how the mobile web should be felt, experienced, and enjoyed. Web browsing and searching is no longer cumbersome, but a joy thanks to HTC and Sprint.

Sprint demos some features of the HTC EVO 4G

We’ll have more hands-on demoes and photos of the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint’s Now Network soon, but we did want to leave with a note. In my experience using Roku, a multimedia set-top box for streaming Netflix content over a home broadband connection to my TV, I found that even with a fast cable connection the Roku box occasionally had to stop and buffer. However, when Sprint demoed Roku streaming capabilities using the HTC mobile hotspot app on the EVO 4G, the Roku streaming was fluid and seamless–there was no stuttering and no buffering! That’s pretty impressive for a wireless 4G network and Sprint’s WiMax speeds had left my Time Warner cable modem connection in its dust!

The fast 4G connection will come in handle for HD videos, which the EVO 4G is both capable of encoding and decoding. The device has a fast 8-megapixel camera with a fast shutter speed and could also record videos in 720p HD. An industry standard HDMI port is also available for users to export videos to their TV for watching on a larger screen. The best part, for many, is that like the Verizon Wireless Imagio–also made by HTC, the EVO 4G also has a kick stand so you can enjoy your video and multimedia content on the large 4.3-inch touchscreen. The EVO 4G is basically an HTC Desire mated with the Imagio’s kickstand and bred to have a the Snapdragon processing power and visual prowess of the HTC HD2. Sprint’s got the best mix of “HTC innovation” in the EVO 4G.

The EVO 4G is expected for a summer release and Sprint and HTC both say they are still working on optimizing Android and Sense UI to maximize the user experience when the EVO 4G get released. We surely can’t wait and summer can’t come soon enough.

We’ll have more contents coming up soon, but we did want to post snippets of the keynote announcement to allow you to experience CTIA with Sprint and HTC as we had.

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