Sprint will reportedly debut an HTC Evo 4G Slide at January's CES event. A smaller sibling to the Evo 4G, it could offer a QWERTY keypad and larger battery.
Sprint has had such good luck with the HTC Evo 4G smartphone that it
seems to be planning a little-brother follow up, the Evo Shift 4G, Engadget
reported Nov. 16. The information, says the tech site, comes from an "established tipster."
Reportedly also known as the "Knight," the Boy Genius Report
offered details in October, writing that the device has a 3.7-inch
display over four rounded soft keys and is expected to launch Jan.
6-the first day of CES (Consumer Electronics Show). There's also a
hinge, thought to lead to a slide-out QWERTY keypad, Engadget adds, as
well as a bigger battery than the current Evo.
The HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G have been big hits with consumers
and helped Sprint, which has struggled behind Verizon and AT&T, to
post one of the best churn quarters in its history, Sprint CEO Dan
Hesse said during the carrier's earnings call Oct. 27.
"Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of
iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint's momentum continued this
quarter," Hesse said in a statement on the earnings. "The Sprint brand
gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for
the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers
switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to
To view images of the HTC Evo 4G click here.
The Evo and Epic are able to take advantage of Sprint's 4G network,
provided by WiMax producer Clearwire. Sprint was the first of the major
U.S. carriers to offer 4G, though component shortages-and so smartphone
shortages-in part prevented it from fulling cashing in on this
"We thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up
having," Hesse told the Wall Street Journal in July, as the carrier struggled to fill its shelves
with the HTC handset.
The Evo 4G Slide-or the Knight-will arrive with Sprint having lost
its 4G distinction. Verizon Wireless plans to roll out its LTE-based 4G
network this quarter, covering 38 metropolitan areas and 60 commercial
airports by the end of the year, and AT&T will begin rolling out
its planned 4G network in early 2011.
Jumping ahead of them both, T-Mobile recently went live with an ad
campaign calling itself "America's largest 4G network," despite
offering HSPA+, a technology it has earlier described as 3.5G, while
saying it offered speeds competive with those of early 4G efforts.
Like Sprint, T-Mobile has paired its "4G" with an Android-running
smartphone that can take advantage of its advanced speeds, the HTC-made
T-Mobile myTouch 4G. The device runs Android 2.2, features front and
back cameras, has a 3.8-inch TFT widescreen and WiFi connectivity.
Though, as T-Mobile points out in its ad-taking a jab at the Apple
iPhone-WiFi isn't the myTouch 4G's only option for video calling.
T-Mobile priced the myTouch 4G at $200 after rebate and with a
contract, though just a few days later, Target and Wirefly had bumped
down their pricing to $80.
So far, the rumor mill has produced no details on the potential pricing of Sprint's expected Evo 4G Slide.