Sprint Demos 1st U.S. WiMAX 4G Smartphone

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LAS VEGAS — Sprint demonstrated what it said is the U.S. market’s first Mobile WiMAX-equipped 3G/4G smartphone, the HTC-made Android-based Evo 4G at CTIA Wireless 2010, here.

The carrier plans a summertime launch at a price it didn’t reveal.

The full-touchscreen Evo, also promoted as the world’s first Android-based 4G phone, accesses Sprint’s 4G Mobile WiMAX data network and 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A data network as well as Sprint’s 3G voice network.

The Evo also features a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot that connects up to eight Wi-Fi equipped devices to Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks.

The device features the latest Android OS (version 2.1), 4.3-inch multi-touch touchscreen and a built-in kickstand for viewing videos. It also comes with 720p HD camcorder, 8- and 1.3-megapixel cameras on opposite sides, 1GHz Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, built-in HDMI output, and Flash video support in its Web browser for viewing Internet videos.

It will ship with HTC’s next-generation Sense user interface, this one adding “Friend Stream” aggregation of all social media updates into one organized flow.

Because it uses the Android 2.1 OS, it supports the Google Goggles application, which lets users take a picture of a landmark, logo, wine bottle label, book cover and the like and automatically search for information on it through Google’s search engine.

Android 2.1’s Layar Reality Browser is a camera-connected points-of-interest Internet- search function that lets users view their outdoor environs through the camera and see written information about businesses inside the buildings. The Evo will be one of a growing number of phones with built-in hot spots, HD camcorder, HDMI output and Android 2.1 OS.

The device will operate in 4G mode in 27 markets, but the WiMAX 4G network is being expanded to a population of 120 million people by year’s end.


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