Sprint End-of-Life Leak Shows Tablets On The Way Out
HTC’s Flyer tablet, in its incarnation as the EVO View 4G for Sprint, saw itself on the receiving end of some pretty nice discounts last week, bringing the off-contract price of the model down to just $230. In retrospect, looking at that sale now, along with all the news out of CES of much more capable tablets on the horizon, it shouldn’t be surprising that today a leak puts the EVO View 4G on Sprint’s EOL list for later this month.
Despite its aging hardware with single-core processor and sub-HD resolution, the EVO View 4G was starting to seem more and more like a decent first tablet, especially after December brought a Honeycomb update to the slate.
In addition to the EVO View 4G, the end-of-life list also shows Sprint pulling the plug on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While the PlayBook doesn’t have a cellular data connection, the EVO View 4G is the only data-enabled tablet currently on Sprint (The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom it sells are also WiFi-only). We’ve heard rumors that Sprint is done introducing new WiMAX gear, and its future 4G offerings would be LTE-only. Since the launch of that network is still a way’s off, we assumed that would mean holding on to existing models for as long as possible. Without something new to fill the gap, Sprint could be setting itself up to lose its share of the tablet market.