Sprint N on Tuesday unveiled the HTC EVO 4G from HTC, the operator's first cellphone that will support its WiMax high-speed wireless service.
The 3G/4G Android handset will be exclusively available from Sprint.
The HTC EVO 4G supports downloading of music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds and allows users to watch streaming video on the go with one of the largest pinch-to-zoom displays, at 4.3 inches.
Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.
The HTC EVO 4G will be available through all Sprint channels and through U.S. retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, this summer. The company did not disclose pricing details. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/evo.
HTC EVO 4G is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and it is equipped with dual cameras ? an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO 4G allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience. Users can share an Internet connection on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
With integrated HD video capture and 4G speeds, the HTC EVO 4G allows users to post high-quality video to YouTube or Facebook, or share moments in real time over the Internet live, via Qik. After these videos have been captured, it is easy to share them on an HDTV via an HDMI cable.
The custom Web browser is optimized for HTC EVO 4G?s large display and Sprint 4G speeds. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content are correctly displayed while pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.
HTC EVO 4G features the newest version of the HTC Sense user experience. Along with all of the HTC Sense features first introduced on HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G adds a number of new features, including Friend Stream, which aggregates multiple social communication channels including Facebook and Twitter into one organized flow of updates; a "Leap" thumbnail view to easily switch between home screen "panels"; the ability to download new, interactive widgets; and a "polite" ringer, which quiets the ringing phone once lifted up.
Leveraging the Android 2.1 platform, HTC EVO 4G can deliver a many new features such as:
- Android 2.1 enables 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 even wine labels. A picture taken of the Golden Gate Bridge returns all of the information anyone would need to know about the structure. By just taking a picture of several restaurant options, HTC EVO 4G will provide restaurant reviews .
- Text messaging and email composition feature built-in voice-to-text technology. By simply pressing a microphone button on the screen, messages can be composed by just speaking, making keeping in touch faster and easier than ever.
- Through Android Market, HTC EVO 4G users have access to applications, widgets and games to download and install on their phone.
In addition to today?s Android apps, the performance of which will be enhanced by 4G speed, application developers will be introducing new apps that take advantage of 4G power in new ways. For example, an application developer might create an app that allows a customer to simultaneously watch a streaming sporting event while pulling down stats and conducting a video chat with a friend.
A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide explains how to develop on an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of 4G and the hardware/software capabilities, including how to use a forward-facing camera in an app; how to use HDMI output; and how to build in network detection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi) to optimize quality of data in an app. The Sprint 4G developer also will include sample apps and source code that highlight these features. It will supplement the Android 2.1 SDK.
Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the company that is building the WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.