HTC EVO 4G Press Release, Minisite Now LIVE!

I have a feeling the HTC EVO 4G information is going to start flowing like hot lava – in fact it already has! First we gushed over the announcement, then we were amazed by a long list of amazing specs, and now we’re staring at 4G history with the Official Press Release and already wishing the EVO minisite on Sprint.com would say “Buy It Now”!

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But for now you’ll have to settle for looking at at 360 degree view, signing up for email notification and reading the press release. You can check those things out below (minus the email) and can join the Evo 4G Kumbaya on the forums.

Evo 4G Specs (displayed neater than before – click to enlarge):

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And the release:

World’s First 3G/4G Android Phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, Coming this Summer Exclusively from Sprint

HTC EVO 4G offers one of the most robust multimedia experiences on a wireless phone today; features Android(TM) 2.1, one of the industry’s largest touch-screen displays, 8.0 MP camera, HD video capture, HDMI output,Mobile Hotspot capability and HTC Sense(TM) Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/evo

LAS VEGAS, Mar 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sprint (NYSE: S) and HTC Corporation today announced summer availability of the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, HTC EVO 4G exclusively from Sprint. HTC EVO 4G delivers a multimedia experience at 4G speeds that is second to none, making it possible to download music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds – not minutes – and watch streaming video on the go with one of the largest pinch-to-zoom displays, at 4.3 inches, in the wireless industry.

Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 27 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1,giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today.

“Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level.”

Customers will be able to purchase HTC EVO 4G through all Sprint channels and through national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, this summer. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/evo.

A device beyond compare

HTC EVO 4G delivers a robust list of features, including a 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor ensuring a smooth and quick user experience. With dual cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera – HTC EVO 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream and watch video that far surpasses expectations of what is possible on a phone today.

With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO 4G allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience. Users can easily share an Internet connection on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.

With integrated HD video capture and 4G speeds, HTC EVO 4G makes slow uploads and grainy video a thing of the past. Now, it is possible to post high-quality video to YouTube(TM) or Facebook, or share moments in real time over the Internet live, via Qik. After these videos have been captured, it is easy to share them on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).

The custom Web browser is optimized for HTC EVO 4G’s large display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience. 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.

HTC EVO 4G features the newest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience. Along with all of the HTC Sense features first introduced on HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G adds a number of new features, including Friend Stream, which aggregates multiple social communication channels including Facebook and Twitter(TM) into one organized flow of updates; a “Leap” thumbnail view to easily switch between home screen “panels”; the ability to download new, interactive widgets; and a “polite” ringer, which quiets the ringing phone once lifted up.

“HTC and Sprint have a strong history of working together to bring consumers technologies and advancements that make their lives easier,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “We believe that the HTC EVO 4G represents the best of Sprint and the best of HTC working together to bring an unmatched device to the U.S. This combination of HTC and Sprint innovation will allow people to do even more while on the go, faster than ever on the Sprint 4G network.”

Experience Android at 4G

HTC EVO 4G, the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, features the latest iteration of the increasingly popular Android platform. Leveraging the Android 2.1 platform, HTC EVO 4G can deliver a wide array of useful new features:

* Android 2.1 enables 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 even wine labels. A picture taken of the Golden Gate Bridge returns all of the information anyone would need to know about the structure. By just taking a picture of several restaurant options, HTC EVO 4G will provide restaurant reviews to ensure the best choice.
* Text messaging and email composition feature built-in voice-to-text technology. By simply pressing a microphone button on the screen, messages can be composed by just speaking, making keeping in touch faster and easier than ever.
* Through Android Market(TM), HTC EVO 4G users have access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and games to download and install on their phone, with many more to come.

In addition to today’s Android apps, the performance of which will be enhanced by 4G speed, application developers will be introducing new apps that take advantage of 4G power in new ways – games and communications tools and other apps that bring together video, presence and location simultaneously, and capabilities that haven’t yet been imagined. For example, an application developer might create an app that allows a customer to simultaneously watch a streaming sporting event while pulling down stats and conducting a video chat with a friend.

A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide explains how to develop on an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of 4G and unique hardware/software capabilities, including how to use a forward-facing camera in an app; how to use HDMI output; and how to build in network detection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi) to optimize quality of data in an app. The Sprint 4G developer also will include sample apps and source code that highlight these features. It will supplement the Android 2.1 SDK. As a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance(TM), Sprint is actively engaged with the Android community. Sprint has employed an open Internet approach, and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.

“Sprint and HTC have come together to propel the Android platform into the 4G world with the introduction of HTC EVO 4G,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. “The Android platform was developed to give people unmatched mobile connectivity to the Internet. By combining this vision with the promise of Sprint’s first-to-market 4G technology, HTC EVO 4G makes accessing thousands of applications from Android Market, using Google(TM) services like Google Goggles, Google Earth(TM) and the all-new Gesture Search, or simply browsing the Web faster, easier and more enjoyable than ever before.”

Blazing trails with Sprint 4G

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Today, Sprint 4G covers more than 30 million people and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010.

Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Philadelphia; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

1 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in over 25 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable.

Note: Device features, specifications, services and applications are subject to change.

Hey HTC and Sprint… I’m impressed. Very impressed. Let’s just hope we don’t have to go bankrupt trying to buy one!

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  • brett lewis

    I just pooped and peed my pants at the same time, and I’m on verizon…

  • Alex

    England calling supersonic

  • Travis

    OOOOMMMMMGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!

  • Akili

    Maybe the coolest phone I’ve seen! OMG

  • D-man

    That is one bad motherf*^#er of a phone.

    If anyone ever asks how Android will beat iPhone, this is how.

    This.

  • Ted417

    lol… with this phone… people will say… “Desire?… Nexus One?… what the hell are they?… I just got this super nifty HTC Evo though!…” :P… I still want the Desire though… :)

  • David

    Well now your a soiled idiot…Sprint is possibly the worst service provider. Yes it may be tempting, but wait till a real network offers 4g. You’ll be sorry for two years

  • Jo

    HTC is giving me a heart attack, I just ordered my HTC desire yesterday!!!!!

  • Jo

    you know what I don’t care, I’ll buy the handset once it’s GSM enabled. if the HD2 cost around 500£ EVO could me 600£ right time to say up yo

  • GZ

    Boy if Sprint didn’t suck so bad I would go back to them!

  • Rob

    Can I just say that I’m sooo tired of this wild wave of phone news! My stomach can not handle this anymore, and neither can my hands as I’ve yet to buy an Android phone because I keep waiting for my perfect phone to be released. All this month I’ve been dead set on the Motorola XT720 for AT&T. If it came out today I was buying it. BUT NOW of course there’s ANOTHER rockin phone that’s better yet.. this dumb thing. :)
    Would I switch to Sprint for it.. YES.. I’m off contract already.
    Can I wait another 2-4 months to join the Android owners club… I don’t know!!

  • Rob

    I think I have to buy the XT720… If I wait for this phone, then on its heals will be the phone with a projector and that sounds so awesome to me. So enough is enough.. I’m buying in and will sell and trade up later in the year if I have to.

  • Gorge of the Jungle

    This thing makes the iPhone looks so… 2007.
    Steve Jobs is going to pop a vein over this one.

  • TDB53

    Now, if they would only roll out 4G in Southern California, what are we 30 million people, chopped liver?

  • http://www.omgandroid.com OMG Android App Reviews

    Its only slightly better than the Desire.

  • michael edwards

    i am very excited. the whole mobile hotspot capability is amazing, just amazing. i too hope i don’t have to take out a loan to buy one. i believe i have found my christmas present for 2010. i can not wait to see the pricing.

  • mrbond

    What’s with all the Sprint-bashing? I’ve been with Sprint for 2 years now and I’ve had a very positive experience. I think they’ve managed to turn things around customer service-wise in the last few years. And no complaints with reception (better than AT&T IMO).

    I don’t know if I can wait ’til the summer, but I MUST have this phone…

  • BigT

    Man all this dissing of Sprint. I left VZ about a year and a half ago because Sprints prices were just so much cheaper. I haven’t had one issue…NOT ONE. I can’t say enough good things and I am also psyched that I will be coming up on contract in 5 months so I am going to get me one of these bad larrys!!

  • jdizzle

    The only thing I did not see was an led flash for the camera but maybe I was to busy drooling over the other specs.

  • slbailey1

    Jdizzle, there’s 2 LED flash on the back.

  • swazedahustla

    The guys trying to diss sprint are only doing so because of the jealousy they are feeling inside right now. Dont even think twice about them because those of us who are sprint customers know that their network is one of the best out. No dropped calls….cough*at&t*cough, no dead spots…*cough*verizon, t-mobile*cough…….

    envy is a funny thing sometimes.

  • silkyt

    And I jizzed in my pants!

  • Stephen

    Was there any release date given for the Nexus One on Sprint? I know there is no release date for the EVO but I was curious also about the N1.

  • FWAELD

    Unbelievably impressive. Only thing missing is a physical keyboard.

  • JOSE

    THIS PHONE IS GONNA BE OF THE HOOK I READ THE CNET REVIEW YO THIS PHONE IS SICK BYE BYE I PHONE

  • leo

    this makes my hero look like a POS :(

  • JackZ

    Oh My GOD! This is the phone i been waiting for. I like HD2 big screen. But the problem is that it runs on Windows Mobile. I’m not saying that Windows Mobile isn’t good. Just that i thought Android would be a better OS for it. I was wishing that a device like HD2 will run on Android. Now my dream finally came true. HTC EVO!!!

  • asqwerth

    This appears to be the first Android phone I’ve noticed that comes without a trackball/optical trackball/D-pad/trackpad – ie, not alternative means of navigation outside of the touchscreen itself.

  • Simon

    Finally a 4.3 inch screen for Android!
    Can’t wait to own this!!!!

  • ssaqua

    I was planning on getting the HD2 after work…now I’m not so sure. I think I’ll just wait and leave the magenta mothership behind.Yay!

  • Michael

    Anyone know where I can get that colourful wallpaper?

  • MJ

    This should have been the nexus one….. You can’t really bash sprint until you see what 4G can actually do. I wonder if Apple has an answer for this?

  • http://www.myspace.com/1monteon22s Mitch

    I fell in love with the Palm pre…. Then I found out that the Pre wasn’t really for me…. Then I fell in love with the 3gs… Its a nice phone but no mulitasking and no flash on camera and on the web was kinda a bummer…. Then I saw the nexus one… I fell in love all over again… But then…. Then! I laid my eyes on the Evo… A tear came down my face… It was love at 1st site… The greatest phone of all time is coming out on the lowest price and most solid network out today… I still don’t believe it… I yearn for the day that me and my Evo will get to meet and spend time together. I love you EVO!!! I need your 4.3 inch screen, kickstand, HD video recording, HDMI output, Wifi hotspot, and you beatuful UI… We will be so good together. We really will. Just so you know EVO, I’ll be leaving ATT and my 3gs to be with you… I know it will be worth it…. I love you… Well shall meet oneday…. Till then. I love you EVO (tear)

  • Rick

    My heart goes out to all the IPHONE lovers…your time is over…make way for the EVO.. the time has come my friends….now the only thing to do is to RELEASE THE EVO…………………