HTC EVO 3D GSM Version Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight
HTC’s EVO 3D on Sprint looks like it has everything it needs to be a great phone; we expect it to be fast as blazes, it’ll have a big qHD screen, and of course the titular 3D effect. If you’re not in the US, though, that Sprint radio has got to leave a bad taste in your mouth. It turns out that there may just be a global GSM version of the EVO 3D, after all, if we’re to believe the phone specifications HTC has published on its site.
Pull up the EVO 3D page on HTC’s global site, and you’ll see a render of the phone without the Sprint badging we’ve come across everywhere else. Click over to the phone’s specs, and while there isn’t a direct mention of frequency bands, it paints a pretty clear picture of a GSM phone. The listed 3G speeds, 14.4 Mbps down and 5.76 Mbps up, are your standard HSDPA/UPA limits, and the phone’s battery life is quoted in terms of WCDMA performance.
Now, what makes this really confusing is that Android Central spotted these pages and asked HTC what was going on. The company responded that it’s all a big mistake – that there’s no GSM EVO 3D – and that it would soon take down the bad information. HTC may have changed some information already; supposedly the specs page listed “HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz” earlier this week. So then, why remove that bit but keep the rest of this up?
If this was something along the lines of a dual-band 3G phone accidentally getting listed as quad-band, we might be more willing to buy HTC’s story, but there is a lot of stuff here pointing to a non-Sprint GSM version of the EVO 3D, more than we’d see with just a typo. We really hope this phone does exist, as we’ve been pining for an HTC phone like this that could meet the competition on a level playing field. Have our prayers been answered?