Sprint Demos First U.S. 4G Smartphone


Las Vegas - Sprint came to CTIA Wireless 2010 to demonstrate the U.S. market's first 4G smartphone, the HTC-made Android-based Evo 4G.


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 multitouch 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 small but 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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