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5.17.2010

Sprint EVO Coming June 4; First 4G Phone

Sprint is releasing one of the first "superphones" June 4th: The Sprint EVO. What makes this phone so super? To start, it has a 4.3" touchscreen. Mmmm, nice and big. It has two cameras built-in, one front-facing camera for video chat (which can be done over Qik, Skype, etc.), and an 8 MP camera on the back with flash. The 8 MP camera is able to record video in high-def (720p), and even sports HDMI-out for playing your videos on an HDTV or computer. Besides those lovely features, it will be running on Sprint's existing 3G network and their new 4G network, which is still being rolled out across the country. 4G is capable of speeds up to 10Mbps, wooo! That is faster than most of your home internet connections! Denver is on schedule to get 4G later this year.

So, the phone has some nice features, but there is more... Sprint will be charging $10 extra a month for those that get this phone... grrr, but wait! The $10 a month will allow you to have unlimited data- literally. Not the "unlimited data, to 5GB" all carriers have now (anyone else notice 5GB as a limit? Yeah, that's funny...) Sprint will allow you to use all the bandwidth your heart desires. The EVO also comes equipped with free software to turn your phone into a 4G wifi hotspot, allowing up to 8 computers/phones to tether, right out of the box. Hopefully Sprint can force other carriers to offer similar deals.

I figured someday I would go Android... that time may be coming sooner than I expected.

Check out all the details on the Sprint EVO, here.

Full specs for the nerds:
-First Android phone with Sprint 4G WiMax / 3G EV-DO Rev. A
-4.3-inch WVGA diaplsy 800×554
-1GHz processor Snapdragon QSD8650
-1 GB flash ROM, 512 MB RAM
-8 megapixel camera with 720p video capture
-1.3 megapixel front facing camera
-Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
802.11b/g WiFi
-1500 mAh battery
-8 GB microSD included
-Android 2.1 with Sense UI
-Mobile hotspot connectivity, supports up to 8 devices
-Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing
-Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
-FM radio and Amazon MP3 store
-Dimensions: 4.8″ x 2.6″ x .5″, Weight: 6 ounces


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