Sprint HTC EVO 4G Selling From June 4, Pricing Announced at $199

May 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

 HTC will bring in its EVO 4G Android phone on to mobile carrier Sprint from June 4. Boasting of better connectivity and streaming at higher speeds, the EVO 4G comes with a 4.3-inch TFT LCD touchscreen that allows for streaming of HD videos. The high streaming speeds will make it possible for the user to view high quality videos using the YouTube app on the device.

 

The streaming video application Qik on the phone allows for video and voice chatting in the form of Mobile Video Chat service in 4G coverage areas. Users can have visual voicemail on the device as well.

The phone sports two cameras, one each on the front and rear of the device. The main camera on the back is an 8 mega pixel camera with dual LED Flash, while the one on the front is a 1.3 mega pixel camera. The video capabilities of the camera include HD video capture and a HDMI output for viewing videos on an external HD display device.

The device combines Android 2.1 OS with an updated version of HTC’s Sense user interface. A 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm powers the functions on the device with 1GB of ROM and 512 MB RAM. A 2GB microSD card is provided with the phone as external memory, which can be upgraded up to 32 GB. The phone’s 4G download speeds on a WiMax network have been recorded at an average speed of 3-6 Mbps and can peak at 10 Mbps while 3G download speeds on the device have been recorded at 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps. The EVO 4G can also function as a 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight WiFi enabled devices in its range. The device itself has 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio and media player with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The 1500mAh lithium battery is capable of powering the device for 6 hours of talktime.

Sprint has also added its own applications on the EVO 4G including Sprint TV and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile. Sprint Navigation is yet another added feature in the device with turn-by-turn directions for driving and 3D maps.

The EVO 4G on the Sprint network is priced at $199 along with a mail-in rebate and a two-year contract with the mobile carrier. Monthly access to the WiMax network will be charged an extra $10 and the mobile hotspot feature will also be charged at a monthly rate of $30. The EVO 4G will be available for sale online and from Sprint stores from July 4.

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