Sprint is reportedly going to take the wraps off the HTC Supersonic, its first smartphone with 4G service, much earlier than previously thought. This device is expected to run Google’s Android OS and have a very large high-resolution touchscreen.
Sprint said recently that its first handset with WiMAX is going to be on the market in the first half of this year, but this wireless carrier hasn’t been expected to unveil it for several more months. However, if an unconfirmed report in the Wall Street Journal is correct, this announcement is going to come next Tuesday, March 23, at the CTIA tradeshow.
A Preliminary Overview of the HTC Supersonic
Although this has not been confirmed by Sprint, numerous sources say this wireless operator’s first WiMAX-based model will be the HTC Supersonic. According to information that has leaked out, this smartphone would be impressive even without WiMAX.
It will supposedly have 4.3-inch touchscreen, a slim tablet shape, and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
On top of Android OS 2.1, the Supersonic will run HTC Sense, this company’s alternate user interface that expands on Google’s standard one.
This upcoming model will reportedly have a kickstand to hold it up while the user is watching movies on the comparatively large screen.
Despite all the leaks, many details on the Supersonic, such as the camera resolution or battery capacity, remain unknown.
4G > 3G
WiMAX support will give the Supersonic significantly faster Internet access than any current phone: it should have peak downlink speeds of up to 12 Mbps, and average downlink speeds of 2-4 Mbps.
There is one caveat: Sprint’s 4G network — which it runs in conjunction with Clearwire — is only available in limited areas covering about 10% of the U.S. population. That’s why its first model will also offer the 3G standard EV-DO.