Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

By now, we have all heard the news: Sprint announced yesterday the HTC EVO 4G will be available June 4th. Among a number of touted features, its two-way video chat capabilities are unrivaled.

With two cameras, one on either side of the phone, this device opens up new possibilities. You can take snapshots or video while watching the results in realtime, or you can turn the camera on yourself...without turning the phone around.

The primary camera boasts a whopping 8 megapixels, while the front-facing camera has a slim 1.3 megapixels. That being said, it is still an incredible feature, allowing you to video chat straight from your phone.

In case you missed them before, here are the media capabilities:

  • Video chat service available as an upgrade to the pre-loaded Qik app to enable conversational, interactive, real-time sharing between mobile devices or from mobile-to-desktop
  • 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds
  • Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone
  • Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
  • Live video sharing with Qik

All this looks well and good, but just wait a second. "Video chat service available as an upgrade"? Is this in addition to the $10 upcharge people are already up in arms about?

Regardless, Sprint is obviously very excited about this new feature. On the device's promotional page, they claim that the new camera has amazing potential:

Opening up new frontiers for user-generated content, social networking, and streaming video.


On the social networking side of things, Sprint has apparently teamed up with qik, a multimedia sharing service, where people can record and share live video from their cell phones.

With the ability to video chat and the added benefit of collaborating with qik, Sprint and HTC have made the EVO 4G a mobile video powerhouse.

Pimping out this device with cameras galore ostensibly banks on the notion that people will see these qualities as major selling points. So, the obvious question is, Is it really a major selling point?

How will you use the video camera(s) on your new EVO 4G? Record video? Video chat? Or will you use them at all?

Source: Sprint Press Release

  • LipGloss712

    I'll probably just record my adorable puppy while I play with him.

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

    I think it'll open up new possibilities people aren't even thinking about now.

    I'm shopping and trying on new clothes, while showing the wife who's sitting at home, or I'm at a store looking for a special brand of hot dogs and she puts the camera on the empty packaging at home, etc, etc.

    Aren't these game changers? Forget looking at someone's face - that's secondary. It's about showing things around you.

    You can be at a concert, live, while on a 2-way video call, while your significant other is at home sick, but still with you.

    I see a ton of potential here. Do you?

  • Lobotomik

    I am convinced that video chat, far from a being a game-changer, is absolutely useless.

    I live in Spain, where 80% of the cellphones that are sold have been videocall enabled for a few years already. Furthermore, videocalls cost almost the same as audio only. And people here will rather make a phone call than ring the doorbell. And, do you know? I have NEVER received a videocall or witnessed one on the streets or in the subway. It is something people are just not interested on.

    For the shopping use case, people send an MMS, or an email, which is becoming more common (and cheaper by far).

    As for the concert and the sick significant one, I don't think it makes but for a nice Sprint commercial.

    When I moved to Android, the videophone cam was forgone, and I have not missed it even once.

    • jr

      kind of agree with you man video calling seem useless but it will be good for like call meetings, and sometimes with your girl and stuff... but i think is useless, wat android need is ea, gameloft to start making games for these phones.. cause apple is killing them with there apps they need more way development on apps and a makeover on the android market!!!

      • yomomaso

        I like the idea of it. Yeah ill prob. only use it once in awhile but still nice to have. Some people like new ways to do things and this is new for the US. As for the apps Google is growing every month and is at more than 50,000 apps and growing, I like playing games but that is why I have a xbox not a phone. I am extremely excited for the new android OS as well it looks new and is more managable that 1.5.

  • Examiner19

    As a frequent business traveler, I will use this feature. While away on business, it will be easy to make a video call to my wife and daughter. I can do this now with Skype on the laptop, but it will be much more convenient on those nights when I don't want to pull out the laptop and webcam.

  • ayodele

    can someone plz try to video chat with me... i'm rilli doubting this apps work... i don't know anyone that has the same kindda phone... my id is mexyaa