WiMAX Phone Arrives: Sprint Announces HTC Evo 4G

LAS VEGAS, NEV. — CTIA — The potential game-changer for WiMAX networks has arrived, in a smartphone package that maximizes the potential of high-speed connectivity. Called the HTC Evo 4G, the expected offering from Sprint was formally announced here Tuesday, in a splashy press conference with demonstrations that focused on the device’s numerous video capabilities, including a new high-quality interface to YouTube.

While the stats and specs of the device are impressive enough — key is the Android-bsaed OS and the 4.3″ touchscreen interface — it’s the video components that really make the Evo 4G a standalone device, with both an 8-megapixel on the back and another lower-res camera on the front, the latter perfect for on-the-go videoconferencing or live streaming capabilities. A kickstand in the back allows for hands-off viewing of video, an application that now becomes practical in markets where Clearwire’s WiMAX network can support Sprint’s 4G coverage speeds. In all, this is an impressive attempt by Sprint, HTC and Google to create a true breakthrough device, one that can demonstrate the speed and mobility of WiMAX networks in simple, compelling and very graphic detail.

Of special note to Sidecut readers is that the device can also double as the ultimate Pocketspot, using either its 3G or 4G connection as “backhaul” to produce an instant Wi-Fi cloud that can support up to eight additional devices. Though pricing and shipping information was not yet released, the clock is now ticking on the summertime delivery of the HTC Evo 4G, and how it might help Clearwire get to its 2010 goal of 2 million subscribers a lot faster.

(photos courtesy of Sprint)

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