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