HTC EVO 4G announced: The biggest, the baddest smartphone ever


The HTC Supersonic is officially the HTC EVO 4G. The announcement took place 2 hours ago at CTIA :

HTC EVO™ 4G

The ultimate multimedia experience at Sprint 4G speeds

The world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, exclusively from Sprint, HTC EVO™ 4G, offers a rich mobile Internet experience with a fully integrated suite of services built on the AndroidTM2.1 platform. HTC EVO 4G includes a blazing-fast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the award-winning HTC SenseTMuser experience, an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. The large vibrant 4.3 inch display, built-in kickstand, 3.5 mm headset jack and HDMI output make HTC EVO 4G an unparalleled platform for wireless entertainment. Download music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds – not minutes – and watch streaming video on the go on a network with download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G speeds.1  With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO 4G also allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to enjoy the benefits of 4G speeds on the go.

PRODUCTIVITY

  • 3G/4G capability
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor
  • 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
  • World-class HTML browser –  bandwidth and quality that rival

that of netbooks

  • Android 2.1, with access to more than 30,000 apps on Android Market
  • GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM
  • Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words
  • Sprint Navigation, with turn-by-turn driving directions and 3D maps
  • Updated HTC Sense, award-winning user experience, which includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates
  • Visual voicemail
  • Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds
  • Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone
  • Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
  • Live video sharing with Qik
  • Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing
  • Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • FM radio and Amazon MP3 store
  • Sprint applications including Sprint TV® and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile(SM)
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
  • Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g
  • Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
  • Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB

 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Dimensions: 4.8″ x 2.6″ x .5″ (LxWxT) 
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Main display: 4.3” WVGA (800×480) 65K colors
  • Standard removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery
  • Memory: 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM  

That’s right folks, the HTC HD2 is officially old school. As you can see it has similar specs to the current Windows Mobile superphone with the only differences being the front facing camera, 8Mpix camera (capable of 720P recording), the WiMax antenna and HDMI output support. Ironically the HTC HD2was originally designed with the same 8Mpix sensor (the first specs leaks mentioned it and there’s a 8Mpix registry entry in the HD2′s camera application that corroborates this info) and the HTC Desire which has the same 5Mpix as the HD2 (and identical specs) will normally receive a software update enabling 720P recording. All in all it’s starting to look like HD2 is/was majorly screwed since the beginning. It was probably aimed at the original Windows Mobile 7 chassis 1 specs, but Microsoft seems to have decided to change those specs leaving the HD2 stuck with WM6.5. Unfortunately WM6.5 can’t handle HD (720P) content so the hardware can’t be used to its full potential, that’s why everybody hoped that Windows Phone 7 was coming to the HD2.

 But who’s to blame? HTC for releasing an amazing phone crippled by an ancient OS (knowing that it will never be upgradeable to WP7?) or Microsoft for suddenly changing the minimum specs of the WP7 chassis? I can’t believe that HTC didn’t know about WP7′s ongoing development (everything is possible though) but given the total lack of WP7 HTC prototype (We have seen one from Asus, LG and Samsung) it’s starting to look like HTC is now primary an Android OEM and doesn’t care about Windows Phone and Microsoft (I talked about this before and got flamed for it, looks like it’s finally happening) . Some will argue that European HD2 users shouldn’t be pissed because they’ve had the handset since November… being one of those I would say that knowing that my handset is going to be a totally un-supported product is a shame (no OS upgrade: where’s the official WM6.5.3 ROM? nothing new in sight..). THe situation is even worst in the US where the T-Mobile HD2 is launching tomorrow!…

Back on topic… The HTC EVO 4G is definitely the phone to have this summer (no date or pricing announced yet) &  those of you who wanted an Android version of the HD2 got an even better device and I applaud HTC for pushing the Andrdoi platform like that.