The launch of the HTC Shift 4G is clearly getting close, as the Android OS-based smartphone appears in a flier from the national retailer Radio Shack.
Previously it was thought this device would be called the “HTC Shift 4G”, but apparently the decision was made to add “EVO” into the name.
The image in the flier matches one that appeared on the Web several weeks ago (see here), showing that this smartphone will have a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard.
It will apparently also have a 3.6-inch capacitive multi-touch display, and while the resolution for this is not yet known, WVGA is a safe bet.
The presence of the Sprint logo on the flier, as well as the device itself, makes it clear which carrier is going to be offering the EVO Shift 4G. It is going to support this carrier’s WiMAX service, as well as its 3G service, EV-DO.
The Radio Shack price will be $150 with a two-year contract, which is $50 below the cost that smartphones typically debut at. This HTC device will sell for $450 without a contract.
The Shift 4G is 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.
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 on January 6.