Although the HTC EVO Shift 4G has not yet been officially announced, this Android OS smartphone is expected to debut very soon. The latest evidence of this was a listing of the product on Amazon.com, even though this was quickly pulled down.
Retailers’ accidentally listing products before they have been formally unveiled is not unusual, as these companies like to have items entered into their databases before launch day, and sometimes employees inadvertently make these entries public before they are supposed to be.
In this case, no new information about the EVO Shift 4G was revealed. While the retailer’s listing had the name that had leaked out before, the image of the device was submitted by a customer and was the one that has been making the rounds on the Web for weeks. And the specifications given were for the original EVO 4G, which was made clear by a listed release date of June of 2010. These are quite different from the specs for the EVO Shift 4G that have leaked out recently.
This calls into question the price for this smartphone that was listed on this page: $200 with a two-year contract. This is the price for the EVO 4G, while a source at Radio Shack says that the upcoming model is going to sell for $150 with contract.
Images show that the EVO Shift 4G will have a 3.6-inch capacitive multi-touch display and a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard.
It is supposedly going to run Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz processor, and this might be a dual-core chip.
Unconfirmed reports also indicate that this smartphone is going to have an 8 megapixel camera, but, somewhat surprisingly, it won’t have a front-facing camera.
All sources agree that the EVO Shift 4G is going to be offered by Sprint, and it is going to support this carrier’s WiMAX service, as well as its 3G service, EV-DO.
However, some details still remain a mystery, such as its storage capacity.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G could be released at CES, a giant electronics tradeshow that kicks off later this week.