Sprint offers HTC EVO 4G Stateside at last
America has recently gotten their hands on the first 3G/4G wireless phone in that part of the world, coming in the form of the HTC EVO 4G. This is clearly the latest and greatest Android-powered handset and for good reason – just read the specifications later in the post, and tell us that it ain’t so. Just before you continue reading, the HTC EVO 4G isn’t insanely expensive, although it is pretty pricey at $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement as well as a $100 mail-in rebate, where you can either choose from a new line activation or qualify for an eligible upgrade. Here’s a teaser – this is the first handset to offer a new video chat service that offers two-way voice and video calling capability without any additional cost – now how about that? Want to know more about the phone? Head on after the jump then.
Running on the Android 2.1 operating system from Google (an Android 2.2 update is in the works, so don’t worry), which allows you to access over 50,000 apps from the Android Market to complement its list of features such as :-
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G or Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more during conversation
- Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels
- Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus
- Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
- Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device
- Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter
- Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately)
- Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3-inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience
- A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go
- Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen
- Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views
HTC also goes green with the EVO 4G since it comes iwth eco-friendly packaging, where the box and tray were designed to align with its commitment to sustainability, being 100% recyclable and being partially made from sugar cane, which is a highly renewable material. Don’t feel cheated if the in-box materials seem much less than before – it is a move to encourage users to find details online, while printed matter use certified soy inks and water-based coating. It seems that Sprint’s activation servers were overwhelmed on the day the EVO 4G launched, which could be an indicator of just how many of these handsets were flying off the shelves.