Sprint’s HTC Shift 4G Could Be Based on the HTC Knight Prototype

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The name for an HTC smartphone apparently headed for Sprint has leaked out. This Android OS device, code-named the HTC Knight, will supposedly be released as the HTC Shift 4G.

The first details on the Knight came to light last month, but information remains sketchy. More recently, Sprint trademarked the term “HTC Shift 4G”, and now an unconfirmed report indicates that these two are different names for the same device.

HTC Knight/Shift 4G from SprintWhat Little We Know
The full set of specifications for this smartphone has yet to emerge, but an image has leaked out.

This shows the Knight/Shift 4G from the front, giving a clear show of the 3.7-inch touchscreen. The resolution for this is not yet known, but it’s most likely WVGA.

The image apparently leaves out one of the most important features — the documentation accompanying it mentions a sliding screen, indicating this model almost certainly has a hidden keyboard. Reports indicate that this will have four rows of keys.

The Sprint logo on the leaked picture makes it clear which carrier will be offering this model. And the “4G” in its name indicates that it will support this carrier’s WiMAX service. This would make it Sprint’s third model with this very fast cellular-wireless networking service.

Aside from these few tidbits, nothing else is known about this device. The version of its operating system, processor speed, and storage capacity all remain a mystery.

The HTC Knight/Shift 4G will reportedly be released early next year, possibly at CES, a giant electronics tradeshow that kicks off on January 6.

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