Sprint, HTC unveil Evo 4G Android smartphone

HTC and Sprint-Nextel have unveiled the Evo 4G smartphone that will work on Sprint’s next-generation 4G data network in the U.S.

The HTC Evo has a 4.3-inch LCD touch screen, two digital cameras (8-megapixel on the back; 1.3-megapixel on the front), HDMI output, GPS navigation, mobile hotspot capabilities, and uses the Google Android 2.1 OS.

“Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to  a whole new level,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, in a press statement.

Sprint, HTC unveil Evo 4G Android smartphone

Since 4G is said to be up to 10 times faster than current 3G networks, Web browsing and streaming music should be extremely fast on newer generations of smartphone devices.  4G is currently supported on some notebooks, and Clearwire said some users report average speeds of 3 to 6 mbps.

It looks like Sprint and HTC have pulled out all the stops on this device for the 4G smartphone debut. The phone has impressive hardware specs, software and speed. The only question that remains now, is price. 4G could help Sprint regain subscribers who have flocked away from the service to AT&T and Verizon, but if the 4G price premiums are too high, they might shoot themselves in the foot.

Both HTC and Samsung are showing off 4G devices during CTIA, with phone subscribers excited about the future potential of the high speed mobile technology.