HTC, Samsung wow Vegas crowds with first 4G phone

March 23, 2010

Sprint and HTC made a big splash Tuesday at the annual CTIA telecoms extravaganza in Las Vegas, where they took the wraps off the world’s first 4G smartphone, the EVO 4G, a powerful little device (with a big screen) running Google’s Android mobile operating system.

With a 4.3-inch display, a nifty kickstand, an HDMI ouput, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and a pair of cameras  – one 8 megapixel number with with HD-capable video camcorder along with a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera – and running on Sprint’s next-generation wireless network, the EVO’s was pitched as less a phone than an all-singing, all-dancing mobile entertainment device.

It also boasts built-in mobile hot-spot functionality, allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to piggyback on its 4G signal. Sprint said its wireless 4G service is currently up and running in 27 markets.

Sprint executives on stage also took a few swipes at what one called “smartphones of lesser capabilities”: namely Motorola’s Droid and Apple’s iPhone.

The EVO will be available this summer, but no word yet on the price tag.

The device announced a few hours earlier by Samsung, the new Galaxy S smartphone, also didn’t scrimp on screen size.

It, too, is an Android device (is there anything else these days?),  with a 4-inch super AMOLED screen and a 1 gigahertz processor. Samsung executives touted the Galaxy as a hub for social networking, with plenty of room for downloading movies and electronic books.


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Really impressive technology. Too bad its proprietary to Sprint, as the IPhone is to A.T.T.

Posted by v_luke | Report as abusive

All the features and functionality is amazing. But what about the battery life?
We know 3G phones need the battery to be recharged every night. What about these 4G ones? Will a charge last more than a day with minimum phone usage or it will just drain away?

Posted by royabhishek | Report as abusive

I guess Sprint is betting simultaneous video/voice or video conference can be a killer application or selling point for 4G.

Let’s see.

Posted by Secivre | Report as abusive

built-in mobile hot-spot

Posted by chompangyi | Report as abusive

Soon we will need a case handcuffed to our wrist to carry all the golden gadgets around. Better have a few hours at the gym also.

Posted by canadapatriot5 | Report as abusive

My brother moves often from one city to another. I always receive calls to help him set up his new broadband service whether it be via cable or DSL. About a year ago he moved to Vegas and switched to Clear/Sprint 4G WiMax service. I never hear from him anymore. The Sprint/Clear 4G WiMax service has been absolutely trouble free.

Posted by Vertigo | Report as abusive