HTC EVO Shift 4G Goes Official; Available Jan. 9 for $149.99; Best Buy Taking Pre-Orders; Wirefly Reviews It


Sprint’s become the new Verizon, it seems, as their HTC EVO Shift 4G has seen countless leaks leading up to today’s official announcement: the device will be available January 9th for $149.99 after a two-year contract agreement. It’s everything we expected it to be: Sprint’s version of the T-Mobile G2 with HTC Sense and 4G WiMax radios. It’s preinstalled with Android 2.2, has a five megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities, Qualcomm’s MSM7630 processor clocked at 800MHz (ala G2), and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Read on for full press details, but not before checking up on Best Buy’s own pre-sale details and checking out Wirefly’s video review below.

HTC EVO Shift 4G follows in the footsteps of the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G bringing customers an attractive, streamlined design with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard and an astonishing list of features. Beyond the latest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, HTC EVO Shift also boasts the power of 4G, Android™ 2.2, a 5MP camera/720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability. HTC EVO Shift’s custom Web browser is optimized for convenient mobile use with functions like pinch-to-zoom and automatically reflowing text, while Sprint 4G speeds 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. The slide out full QWERTY keyboard makes staying in touch with friends and family through messaging and social networking quick and easy. With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO Shift 4G also allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including a laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to enjoy the benefits of 3G/4G speeds on the go.

· 3G/4G capability.
· 3.6” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback.
· World-class HTML browser – quality that rivals that of netbooks.
· Android 2.2, with access to more than 100,000 apps on Android Market.
· Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking.
· GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM.
· Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words.
· Updated HTC Sense, highly acclaimed user experience, which includes FriendStream™ to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates.
· Visual voicemail.
· Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging.
· 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.
· 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
· 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps.

· 5MP autofocus camera and 720p HD camcorder.
· High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds.
· Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone.
· Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack.
· FM radio and Amazon MP3 store.
· Amazon Kindle – an e-Reader in the palm of your hands, with you everywhere you go!
· Sprint applications including Sprint TV® and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM.
· Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1.
· Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g/n.
· Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS.
· Expandable memory: 2GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB.

· Qualcomm® MSM7630 (800 MHz) processor.
· Dimensions: 4.6″ x 2.3″ x .6″ (LxWxT).
· Weight: 5.9 ounces.
· Main display: 3.6” WVGA (800×480) 65K colors.
· Battery life: 6 hours of talk time*.
· Standard removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery.
· Memory: 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM.

*Time may vary depending on 3G/4G coverage and usage.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. WOW Quentyn

  2. Nice phone, no coverage. And I’d miss the convenience of GSM and SIM cards.

    HTC needs to get some higher-end Android phones onto AT&T. With AMOLED screens. The Captivate needs to be dethroned… it’s an embarrassment.

  3. AT&T hates Android, switch carriers

  4. Looking forward to the Motorola Olympus on at&t. Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.

  5. motherfu***s should be making a 4″ GSM version of nexus 2 to kick Nexus S butt with all the latest greats .. and preferably DDR2 memory on board. With built in voice recognition, who cares about the dead weight (keyboard)?

  6. 3.6 in screen??? I expected better… I rather have the g2 and I’m happy with T-Mobile and my nexus

  7. Will this phone have an Amoled or S-LCD screen?

  8. Yeah, what is the screen made of?

  9. This has a smaller screen than the g2 and 2gigs less of ram and a ugly design and hTC sense
    G2 is better

  10. Definitely getting this the day it comes out. Can’t wait to get rid of my Moment for this baby! Seriously don’t understand all the hate this gets. My 3.2 inch screen is enough for me, the upgrade to 3.6 will be wonderful, plus this things packs a beast of a processor.

  11. Wow froyo really?

  12. Looks like a good replacement for the Hero. However I would like to see the beast that will replace the Evo.

  13. Well Im still rocking my HERO, I’m not sure what is the different between the first evo and the second one. Is it the keyboard slide?

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