HTC, Samsung wow Vegas crowds with first 4G phone
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.