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Live! Sprint's HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone


Gallery by Todd Haselton on Wednesday March 24, 2010.

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After Sprint's press conference today, where the carrier unveiled the world's first 3G/4G WiMAX Android smartphone, I had a chance to meet up with the Sprint and HTC team to go hands-on with the Android 2.1 powered EVO 4G.

Sprint and HTC packed as much hardware power as they could into the EVO 4G. It offers an 8 megapixel camera, a forward facing 1.3 megapixel camera, HDMI-out, a massive 4.3-inch display, and even the abiltiy to share its connection with up to 8 WiFi enabled devices. Under the hood it packs a 1GHz Qualcommm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM.

The phone itself is huge. The 4.3-inch touchscreen makes you feel like you are at the movies, which is great, but it is quite large physically and is probably going to bother some people just due to the sheer width of the device. But while it is wide, it's not all that thick. The physical controls on the device are few and far between, but that works well with the design, which reminds me very much of the Windows Mobile powered HD2.

Video playback on the phone is awesome, and the high-bandwidth being provided by the local WiMAX connection allowed YouTube videos to be streamed at very high quality. But considering that the phone itself can record 720p HD video, you might want to shoot and watch your own. The fact that there is a mini-HDMI port on the bottom of the phone makes it easy to hook up to a TV.

Possibly the coolest part of the phone had nothing to do with tech at all, though. If you pry off the rear cover of the EVO you will see a bright red paint scheme that just makes you wonder why companies haven't been doing this all along. It doesn't impact how the device performs, but it's just one of those little touches that makes you love an HTC product.

The EVO 4G will be on sale this summer, pricing is yet to be announced.

 

Don Gilbart @ 4:00:14PM EDT on Tuesday May 18, 2010

Does this phone have the capability to be used as a modem for a laptop and make a phone call at the same time?

Cablefed @ 1:06:58PM EDT on Friday July 23, 2010

@Don I think not, according to this thread (last comment): http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/33640

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Todd is a senior editor at MobileBurn and works out of his home in New York City. He covers news for us and also writes reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoboTodd

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