HTC EVO 4G 720P video sample

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a video sample video showing off the quality of the 720P video capture capability of the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately the quality isn’t up to what I was expecting even when you take the YouTube compression into account. It looks like the bitrate is set really low by default to save memory (the higher the bitrate the bigger the file size) and I’m sure that if this variable can be tweaked/hacked we would see much better video quality (but this won’t fix the rolling shutter distortion). It’s a lot better than the Acer Stream sample we saw a couple of days ago IMO HTC has been doing this on all of its handsets lately. Thankfully HTC HD2 owners can tweak this variable and capture some pretty good videos (the file size is really huge though). Check out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 video comparison

The boys at WireFly have just posted a video comparison of HTC’s two top-of-the-line smartphones: the HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2. Frankly at this point in time there’s no comparison if you are currently out of contract (and in an area covered by Sprint): the HTC EVO 4G is the way to go. It has a better camera and a better OS. Unfortunately the non-upgradeability of the HD2 makes a a hard choice especially with all the rumored Windows Phone 7 devices coming this fall. Watch the 14Mins long video after the break:

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Qik announces Premium services for HTC EVO 4G

As promised last week Qik is announcing today new premium services associated with HTC EVO 4G handsets. For £’.99/month EVO 4G owners will have access to higher than 640×480 video chat, the ability to snap photos while recording videos, automatic downloads to the PCs, video mail etc… All those services will be available for free until July 15. If you don’t have an HTC EVO 4G you can still download the new version of Qik on the android Market but you won’t have access to any video chat feature. Check out the full comparison table and video after the break:
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The HTC EVO 4G is now on sale at Spint online

The beast is finally available. Sprint is now officially selling the HTC EVO 4G online for $199 on two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate anda a $150 instant savings). No need to wait because if you ware in the market to buy and Android handset this is the one to get and you better hurry up beofre it goes out of stock. Don’t forget to grab the user manual from here.

Source: Sprint

How to Root your HTC EVO 4G

Ready for some hacking action? The XDA-Boys have posted the following instructions on how to your,soon-to-be-purchased, HTC EVO 4G if you really feel like doing it . Remember that this will void your warranty and can potentially brick your handset if your screw up the process. But this is currently the only way to get Android 2.2 (once the port is finalised) on the EVO 4G. So you will do this at your own risk? Follow the instruction after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G User Manual available

If you can’t wait until tomorrow here’s your chance to grab the HTC EVO 4G User Manual that is now available on Sprint’s website. Both the Getting Started Guide and User Guide are currently up on Sprint‘s support servers:

User Guide (EN) : PDF

Getting Started [EN): PDF

Getting Started Spanish: PDF

First HTC EVO 4G TV Ad

Here’s the first HTC EVO 4G TV Ad that Sprint is going to air today for the launch on the device. Nothing really amazing there and lots of first first first. Should have been”First in the US” instead because HTC has already released a WiMAX smartphone nearly 2 years ago in Russia, the HTC MAX 4G. Check Out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G disassembled

iFixit just posted a full teardown gallery of the HTC EVO 4G. Nothing really out of the ordinary was found in there. You will get a chance to see how the beast looks like on the inside and patiently wait for the officially released on June 4th.

Source: iFixit

Android 2.2 ported to the HTC EVO 4G

The XDA-Dev folks are hard at work on porting Android 2.2 aka Froyo to the much anticipated HTC EVO 4G which will ship in June 4th with Android 2.1 on board. Slapping Android 2.2 on the EVO 4G obviously means that the Sense UI won’t be present but this will be compensate by all the new features introduced in Froyo. So far nothing has been publicly made available but you can check out the blurry video below to see some hands-on proof that Froyo is actually running on the device:

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Qik on the HTC EVO 4G will be mostly free, subscription fee for premium services

Qik has issued an official statement today about the rumored £5 fee that HTC EVO 4G were supposedly required to pay to use the the software. It turns out that the basic services, like video chatting, will be free to use but the still unnanounced premium features will require a subscription fee. Here’s the official statement:

Well, there’re a number of rumors flying around that the 2-way Qik mobile video service will require a premium subscription. We wanted to clarify what that really means. Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.

So, tune back in on June 4th for a complete list of features of the new Qik along with the optional advanced premium features for you to enjoy!

Source: Qik

QIK on the HTC EVO 4G to cost $5 per month ?

Nothing is confirmed yet but according to AndroidGuy‘s source at Sprint the QIK video chat service will cost you $5 per month on top of the monthly bill and $10 premium that HTC EVO 4G users will have to pay to use the WIMAX network. Sounds a bit expensive for such a service no? Let’s wait for an official announced which should come in the coming days (the EVO 4G is launching on June 4th)

Source: AndroidGuys

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android shown on the HTC EVO 4G

Today Sling Media is for the first time showing SlingPlayer Mobile for Android, running on the HTC EVO 4G. The company is claiming that this version is the fastest (thanks to the EVO 4G’s WIMAX I guess). Not much else is know and not date of availability has been announced yet. Check out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G video review

WireFly has just posted a 15 mmintue slong video review of the HTC EVO 4G. You will get to see a walkthrough of the Sense UI and all the major features like the browser, camera and YouTube application. nothing really new obviously but if you are interested in seeing how the EVO 4G performs you can check out the video below:

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The HTC EVO 4G has been rooted

That right folks; the HTC EVO 4G has already been rooted and is now ready to be loaded with custom applications and ROMs (Moded Android 2.2 / Froyo Nexus One roms….? ;-) ). Unfortunately they are not releasing any details on the root hack yet. Check out the video after the break:

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Official shipping HTC EVO 4G ROM available for download

The shipping ROM of the HTC EVO 4G has now been leaked. The RUU_Supersonic_1.32.651.1_Radio_1. file is the official ROM present on the devices that will go on sale on June 4th (and probably originates from one the handsets offered yesterday during Google I/O). You can grab the file here. I guess that the next logical step will be an attempt to port this ROM to the HTC HD2.

Source: Conflipper

More HTC EVO 4G Reviews and impressions

This time it’s Gizmodo’s turn to take a look at the HTC EVO 4G.Unfortunately it’s a Giz so the review/preview is kind of lacking. The reviewer has obviously never had an HTC HD2 in hand so half of the (short) hands-on (or is it a review?) is about the size of the screen etc.. The camera samples aren’t that great either in part because they were obviously shot in poor lighting conditions. 

What I would really like to see a comparison of the YouTube Cupcacke Canon video played on the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC HD2 side-by-side. Sprint has been using this video to demonstrated the HQ video setting only available in 4G mode but from what I’m seeing on my HD2 on 3G and WiFi (with High Quality enabled in the YouTube application) it looks nearly identical. Check out the shots below (keep in mind that there’s some JPEG compression):

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HTC EVO 4G Review

The boys at Engadget have just posted the first HTC EVO 4G review today. How did the Android version of the HTC HD2 turn out to be?  Nothing really surprising actually. If you have ever used an HTC HD2 and HTC Desire (or better yet an HTC Incredible which has the same camera as the EVO 4G) then just image a mix of both and you get the EVO 4G. Besides the 8Mpix camera,the 4G Radio and HDMI output the EVO 4G has exactly the same hardware specifications as the HTC HD2 (you should be aware that one handed usability isn’t going to be awesome given the size of the device). Android 2.1 is IMO the only relevant differentiator here, check out the 18 minutes long video below:

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Video of HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 and Nexus One

Here’s video shot by Pocketnow last night in NYC during the HTC EVO 4G launch event. You’ll see the EVO 4G compared to the Windows Mobile powered HTC HD2 and the Google Nexus One (running the HTC Desire Rom). The first thing you will notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole of difference between the HD2 and EVO 4G and unfortunately we won’t be able to check out the camera’s 720P capabilities before the first reviews show up later this month. The second thing is the contrast of the AMOLED screen of the Nexus One compared the two other handsets. One thing to keep in mind is that all three devices have exactly the same internals (same SnapDragon Chipset, Ram,etc) so the overall performance should be nearly identical. Check out the full video below:

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HTC EVO 4G hands-on videos: It’s fast!

The boys at Engadget just posted a couple of videos of the HTC EVO 4G in actions and the conclusion is that this thing is blazing fast. The most impressive video is IMO the one comparing YouTube video playback on the EVO 4G which can stream in HQ (no word on the resolution of the video though) versus the iPhone 3GS and then hooking up the EVO to an HD TV via the HDMI connector. I must admit that this isn’t the fairest image quality comparison given that the iPhone automatically selects the lowest quality video source when streaming in 3G (and higher quality in WiFi) but just having the ability to hook up the EVO 4G to the TV while  streaming the video is pretty awesome. Now all this nice stuff is obviously the result of the WiMax connection and not some kind of awesome new CPU power (it has exactly the same internals as the HTC HD2 and Nexus One/Desire/Incredible) but that HDMI connector makes me jealous…Oh BTW HTC, where’s that DivX / 720P encoding update for the Desire you promised a little while ago? Check out the videos:

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