seen the review, you've read the user guide; now it's time to own the phone itself. Sprint's EVO 4G is up for sale online and - in a matter of hours - in-store, offering the US' first WiMAX smartphone. Priced at $199.99 - after a $150 online discount and a $100 mail-in rebate - with a new two-year agreement, the EVO 4G has a vast 4.3-inch WVGA display, HTC Sense, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, WiFi, WiMAX and GPS. It's running Android 2.1 at present, though there's already a Froyo hack in the wild. So, anybody tempted?
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HTC EVO 4G's release date, today's the day you've been waiting for. Sprint held their EVO event tonight, and they spilled the beans on a lot of the handset's functionality, which included some demonstrations at the event of features that the majority of people are waiting for. Like video calling.
HTC EVO 4G may soon be over, with The Shack's employee website excitedly telling staff that the pre-orders for the WiMAX-packing smartphone will begin later this month. The leaked screenshot confirms that the EVO 4G is "coming soon", but fails to mention pricing or service plans for the much-anticipated handset. The HTC EVO 4G has the same 4.3-inch WVGA display as the HTC HD2, but pairs it with Android 2.1 together with HTC Sense, an 8-megapixel camera and Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. There's also HDMI connectivity, EVDO Rev.A support for when you're not in a WiMAX service area, and the ability to turn the handset into a MiFi-style portable hotspot. Going by previous leaks, the EVO 4G is tipped to land at just $199.99. For more details, check out our hands-on report from the EVO 4G launch. Sprint HTC EVO 4G hands-on: [vms 77a97fc38f3421614151]
HTC EVO 4G's front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera perhaps didn't get the fanfare it deserves. A first for an Android device, the camera paves the way for video calls; problem is, Android as it stands isn't video call friendly. Happily Sprint - a member of the OHA, as they'll happily remind you - is stepping up with a new 4G developer guide intended to show Android devs how to deal with the EVO 4G's hardware capabilities.
EVO 4G in still-frame isn't good enough. You need to see it's glowing, monstrous screen in action. One look at that keyboard is enough to make anyone get all jittery on the inside, with unadulterated anticipation. We know that's not just us. So, after you've read over the official announcement a few times, and taken in all the specifications, come back over here and watch the glorious video. It's well worth it.