Overland Park, Kan. - Sprint expanded its line of HTC-made Evo 4G smartphones with the first Evo phone promoted as a worldphone.
At $99, the Evo Design 4G is Sprint's fourth Evo 4G phone and first to roam in 2.1GHz HSPA+ markets in foreign countries as well as in quadband GSM/EDGE mode. It becomes available Oct. 23, joining three other Evo 4G models priced from $99 to $199 and an HTC-made Evo View 4G tablet.
Like the $199 Evo 3D currently at the top of Sprint's Evo phone lineup, the Design 4G features a 1.2GHz processor and quarter-HD display, but at 4 inches vs. 4.3 inches. The Design 4G is the slimmest and lightest Evo to date, at 0.47 inches and 5.2 ounces, respectively.
Features include Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, DLNA to output HD video to a TV, aluminum unibody design, dual 5/1.3-megapixel cameras, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi devices, Wi-Fi b/g/n capability, simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G areas, HTC Watch service to download TV shows and movies, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, included 8GB MicroSD card, and removable 1520 mAh lithium ion battery providing up to six hours of talk time.
Some of the carrier's other smartphones also roam into foreign 2.1GHz HSPA+ networks, including the new iPhone 4S. The company's 4G models also roam in mobile WiMAX 4G in Taiwan and Jamaica, where Sprint has roaming agreements.