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

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

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.