It's one thing to build a 4G network, but it's another thing entirely to offer a drool-worthy 4G handset that can make the most of it - and Sprint has delivered a real doozy with the HTC EVO 4G.
Starting with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1, HTC added a whopping 4.3-inch (800x480) capacitive display with tactile feedback, WiMAX (4G) capability for an average download speed of 3-6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo A2DP and EDR, 1GB ROM and 512MB RAM, an 8GB microSD card with support for microSDHC cards of up to 32GB, HDMI output, and - get this - an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash, and 720p video capture and a 1.3 megapixel forward-facing camera.
On the software side, there's visual voicemail, Flash support, browser pinch-to-zoom with automatic text reflowing, the latest HTC Sense UI with Friend Stream which aggregates your social networks into one stream, and the real killer app - a built-in mobile hotspot to share your connection with up to eight devices.
No word on price yet, but we're guessing it's not going to be cheap.
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