What have we here: it looks like a user over at the ppcgeeks forums has nabbed himself a picture of an Evo 4G sitting pretty at a corporate Sprint store in Florida. Granted the picture is so blurry that it looks more like a Jackson Pollack painting than a spy-shot, but we’ll take what we can get.
Of course, with pictures like this, you always want to take things with a grain of salt - the blurrier the shot is, the easier it is to hide any digital alterations and in this case, there are plenty of reasons to doubt the veracity of this image:
It’s low quality
The forum poster has since removed it
It was posted on a forum to begin with
It was hanging out in a store, yet there’s not even a release date?
The EVO 4G news is continuing to roll in, though I’m using the term ‘news’ loosely. Engadget is reporting today that Sprint’s upper management is talking about a potential June 6th or 13th launch date, with the 13th seeming more likely to get some hot 4G action.
Engadget is definitely one of the more trustworthy gadget blogs out there right now, but they can only peg this information on ‘intel’, so at this point it does not appear that anything is set in stone. When Sprint first announced the EVO 4G, they simply mentioned summer as the target release date which fits this report but I haven’t been able to find anything that has convinced me to remove my skeptic hat.
HTC likes professionally shot videos - they've released at least one for each new phone announced in the recent history.
We have no problem with that - we can appreciate a good quality HD video showing this desirable beast up close.
What we do have a problem with is how boring this video is. Evo is flying around the screen to some lounge music in the most mind-numbing way possible; there is no voice-over - just a rundown of the main features.
The features are, as we already know, really nice. Here are the ones the video covers:
first 4G phone
new generation of HTC sense - doesn't really look that much more exciting than in 1.5 - combines Twitter, Facebook, and flickr into one widget but looks generally the same
According to the above, TYPE_WIMAX - a constant used for dealing with WiMax connectivity features - should be added in the Froyo SDK. While developers can use a temporary workaround (the value 6) to trick their apps into thinking WiMax is supported and carry on developing, actual SDK support for it will not be coming until Froyo is released.
Yesterday we reported that Sprint will not charge extra for using 4G on your phone, based on the response from a Sprint customer service rep. Some people pointed out that customer service reps are oftentimes wrong, and while we certainly agree with that statement, the CSR was quite confident in her response. Additionally, a good portion of the news market nowadays is comprised of rumors.
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait too long for the "rumor" to be confirmed.
Today was the 2nd day of the CTIA Wireless 2010 conference, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was the keynote speaker. In his speech, which was so graciously live blogged by BGR and Engadget, he said the following:
Following yesterday's announcement of the first 4G handset for Sprint, the company earlier today posted a bunch of new helpful information to their Android Developers site to guide developers around the newly introduced features never before seen on an Android phone, or even *any* mobile phone.
Here is the new stuff that what we found there:
general documentation updated with references to HTC EVO 4G
After today's announcement of the HTC EVO 4G, formerly HTC Supersonic, everyone seemed really excited - what's not to like? The phone is absolutely amazing, more powerful than ever before. Many questions were finally answered but one remained:
Will Sprint Charge Extra For Using 4G On The EVO?
I just got off the phone with a Sprint CSR, Kathy, who assured me that Sprint will NOT charge extra for using 4G on your new EVO 4G.
The phone will switch to the 4G mode automatically in areas where it is available and fall back on 3G otherwise.
This seals the deal for many of you afraid that the new device would bring unwanted new charges.
Here is the long awaited announcement from Sprint/HTC - the Supersonic name is no more and the phone is now called EVO 4G.
It will be released this summer, so roll your tongues back up, pick up your jaws and prepare for the painful wait. Get ready to be taunted by the HTC HD2 (which is very similar but running WinMo) owners, and coming out any day now.
Here are the specs of this monster. It is, indeed, the most impressive phone to day:
1GHz Snapdragon QSD8650 CPU
a 4.3" TFT screen, 480x800 resolution
TWO cameras - 8MP on the back and 1.3MP on the front
DUAL flashes on the back - I got to see what that looks like on the HD2 and it's really blinding
720P video playback and recording using the rear camera and HDTV connectivity via HDMI through an adaptor
1GB internal storage
8GB MicroSD card included, expandable to 32GB
WiMax/4G with support for 8 concurrent users
Proximity, light, gyro sensors, digital compass, GPS
Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP + EDR
a kickstand - interesting, that's a new and lightweight way of making your phone stay upright - great for watching videos on the huge screen
Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Dimensions: 4.8" x 2.6" x 0.5" (122mm x 66mm x 13 mm)
Weight: 6 ounces
Here are some pictures and videos, courtesy of Engadget and Sprint: