HTC Evo 4G Is Sprints First WiMax-Ready Smartphone

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HTC Evo 4G Is Sprints First WiMax-Ready Smartphone

By Nicholas Kolakowski

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During the presentation, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse called the HTC Evo 4G the country's first 4G smartphone. Its operating system is Google Android 2.1.

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The HTC Evo 4G includes two cameras: an 8-megapixel module with auto-focus and an HD-capable camcorder, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

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A kickstand allows the device to be set upright.

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The kickstand in action. During its presentation, Sprint executives highlighted the smartphone's supposed facility with video, thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.3-inch screen.

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The HTC Evo 4G has a slim form factor similar to that of the HTC Droid Eris and Nexus One.

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The buttons along the bottom front of the device.

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Sprint has been gambling that potential customers will be drawn to a 4G network and its ability to handle more intensive multimedia.

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HTC, Sprint and Google have apparently been working on the device since May 2008, according to HTC CEO Peter Chou.

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The HTC Evo 4G also emphasizes social networking, by aggregating various social networking feeds such as Twitter and Facebook into a single "flow."

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Google Android applications include a weather widget.

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HTC CEO Peter Chou referred to the goal of the smartphone as a "holistic video and multimedia experience."

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Once synced into a Google account, HTC Evo 4G users will have access to Android Market, for downloading additional apps.

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Of course, not only can the HTC Evo 4G display multimedia, but it can actually place a phone call, as well.

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