Sprint’s 4G family just got a little bigger today when the wireless carrier officially announced an addition to its second generation of WiMAX-enabled devices, the HTC EVO Shift 4G.
The EVO Shift, which is among the 17 different 4G-capable devices that Sprint offers, will run Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capabilities.
It will also come equipped with a web browser that utilizes the phone’s pinch-to-zoom feature and other mobile web-surfing features, like automatically reflowing text.
Other features will include a 5 megapixel camera/720p camcorder and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards.
Under the hood, the EVO Shift 4G will pack a Qualcomm MSM7630 processor, which clocks in at 800 MHz; 2 GB of ROM; 512 MB of RAM; proximity, light, and G-sensors; and a digital compass.
It will offer numerous wireless options beyond Sprint’s WiMAX service, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as the ability to serve as a mobile hotspot for up to eight other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Pricing and Availability
The EVO Shift 4G, which will be on display at CES, will be available in all Sprint retail channels on January 9th at the subsidized price of $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate and activation of a two-year contract, including a data plan.
The device can be pre-ordered at Best Buy now, and according to Sprint, this is the cheapest any 4G smartphone has ever been at launch.