Are you ready for 4G? Because it's finally coming to cell phones. Sprint's WiMax 4G network has been operational for since 2008, but hardware has been limited to modems and hot spots. At CTIA earlier this week, Sprint and HTC presented the first phone compatible with Sprint 4G. This is the first 4G mobile phone to be debuted in the U.S.
Before we get to the hardware specs (and they are impressive) here's a little about 4G. 4G is essentially the next incarnation of cellular standards, which will offer much higher data speeds than 3G. Speeds of 100 Mbps are promised, but realistically, the current speeds are much more moderate. Sprint's WiMax network, offered in conjunction with Clearwire, cites speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G (average speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps).
The HTC EVO is the first U.S. phone that will work on a 4G network, giving it a clear market edge in speed and performance. HTC provides plenty of other reasons to get in on the EVO as well, designing a phone that is one of the most impressive, if not THE most impressive, on the market.
The EVO features a powerful, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood and the latest version of Google's Android OS--2.1. Users will navigate through the phone on a giant, 4.3-inch touchscreen and can rely on HTC's Sense interface for a smooth, intuitive experience. Other impressive features of the phone are 1 GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, front-facing camera for video calls and self portraits, and an HDMI output.
So that your other gadgets don't resent the EVO with 4G-envy, the phone doubles as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight other devices. Enjoy the speed and power of WiMax on your other Wi-Fi enabled gadgets. Sprint didn't make it clear how much this functionality will cost.
The HTC EVO will be available from retailers this summer. The companies have not yet released pricing, and the exact date of arrival remains a mystery.
Now that Sprint has some serious hardware to run on its 4G network, the only obstacle left is availability. WiMax is currently limited to 27 markets across the U.S. Sprint plans to add an additional 15 markets during the remainder of the year, which include New York, LA, Washington, D.C., Boston and San Francisco.