12
May
Mark Your Calendars: Sprint Officially Announces HTC EVO 4G For $199, Coming June 4th! Mobile Hotspot To Cost $29.99

Tonight in New York City, Sprint unveils a whopper, and it has nothing (or very little, anyway) to do with Disney's new film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

It has everything, however, to do with the newest Android bit of gold: the release date of the HTC EVO 4G, the first 4G phone on Sprint's 4G wireless network.

Until now, all we've seen is a teaser on the phone's home page indicating that it will be available summer 2010 and some unconfirmed rumors about June 6th release date and $199. But now we know for sure when this beauty will hit the streets and how much it will cost. Get ready, people. Here it is:

RELEASE DATE: June 4th 2010

PRICE: $199

MOBILE HOTSPOT PRICE: $29.99/mo

4G PRICE: $10/mo

Mark Your Calendars: Sprint Officially Announces HTC EVO 4G For $199, Coming June 4th! Mobile Hotspot To Cost $29.99

According to the official press release of the event, Sprint says:

America's First 4G Phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, Debuts on June 4 Packed with Industry-Leading Features Including Access to Mobile Video Chat, Simultaneous Voice and Data and HD Video Capture
Sprint leads the 4G revolution with the highly anticipated, award-winning HTC EVO 4G priced at just $199.99; add mobile hotspot capability for up to eight devices for just $29.99

You can read the whole press release here.

Boasting a 4.3 inch screen, not one but two cameras (one at 8.0 megapixels), a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, an HDMI connection, and lots more, this phone is doubtless going to be a hot item. Below are the full specs:

Amazing Features, Beautiful Design

HTC EVO 4G features the latest version of the increasingly popular Android platform, Android 2.1, offering more than 35,000 apps, as well as a mind-blowing list of features, including:

  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
  • Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
  • Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
  • Two cameras - an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
  • Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
  • Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
  • A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
  • Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
  • Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.

I've already circled June 4th on my calendar, and it can't come fast enough. To my Hero: we had a good time but it's time to move on.

How about you? Who is getting the EVO on launch day?

Update: just noticed the $10/mo fee for using 4G. While I will gladly pay it, does it change your opinion about getting this phone?

  • G1Lvr

    Yes!!!!!!! $199 and earlier than expected!

  • anakin78z

    'JUST' 29.99? To use the data I'm already paying for? Holy crap. That's way steep.

  • Bijan P

    Definitely getting it launch day, unless I'm chosen as a winner for their contest!

  • Moana

    The $10/mo surcharge will be a deal breaker for me if it is required in non-4G markets. With 2 phones that's an extra $20/mo and is close to the Verizon plan's cost. Verizon has better coverage. They may be loosing out on MANY new customers by these extra surcharges. I'll be waiting to see the details. If $20/mo extra I will be going with the Incredible.

  • boriqua2000

    $10 a month for 4g sucks.they promised that 4g would be free.they lied to us.the droid incredible is looking better and better to me.

  • worldbfree4me

    Wow, what a bunch of tools.. The freakin plan is $69.99 which includes unlimited mobile to mobile, text, nav, web plus an add’l $10 for 4g.. Thats the least expensive in the industry!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I think people are upset because they'd have to pay it even if 4G was not available in their area.

  • Angel

    UM yea that bs so your telling me I have to pay extra for 4g coverage when its not available in VA. Yea right

  • humungus

    I thought the Evo was going to have Android 2.2?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It still could - let's see what happens after Google I/O. From what I could tell, the 4G functionality required a different API unavailable in Eclair.

  • ov3nfr3sh

    did everything get a release date and price today? wtf, im waiting on the Galaxy S and i feel left out now :(

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Guess not everything then :-]