The EVO is being released on June 4th! This is Sprint’s first 4G device. I am pretty stoked about this! It looks like there will be a $10 a month premium for the 4G service that is required and if hotspot capabilities are desired that will be an additional $30 a month.
Specs can be found here
Some of the things that I am excited about…
- 720p video recording
- 8MP camera AND a front facing 1.3MP camera (look below)
- A huge 4.3″ screen
- HDMI output – want to show some video to the family? Plug it in and watch in HD! Make sure not to pay a bundle and use Monoprice for your cable ** I have learned that the HDMI connection is type-D not mini HDMI. Monoprice does not yet carry a type-D cable.
- Two-way video chat!! I won’t need my laptop to say “hi” to the kids when I’m traveling 🙂
Qik will be preloaded on these devices and will be leveraging the front and back camera to bring the first ever 2-way video chat service on these amazingly powerful Android phones. To quote from the press release:
“With the launch of HTC EVO 4G, Sprint customers will be able to enjoy capabilities they have never experienced before with a new video chat service from Qik. The two-way voice and video capability will be available as an upgrade to the preloaded Qik app on HTC EVO 4G to enable conversational, interactive, real-time sharing between mobile devices or from mobile-to-desktop“.
Last week I was in Las Vegas for a conference and Sprint was kind enough to lend me a new Overdrive 4G unit. Minneapolis does not yet have 4G access available from Sprint so I was very excited to head out to Vegas to test out this new technology.
I powered the Overdrive up when I got to my room and connected my laptop via WPA2 security. I was able to get 4G access when I was in my room and in some of the conference areas that I was in throughout the days of the conference. The Overdrive fell back to 3G when I was deeper in the halls of the Venetian. When I was on 4G my browsing was very quick, I also kept up on “Lost” using Hulu which performed well. Even on 3G this was the fastest device that I have used. I do not know if it was related the the assumed abundance of data to the Sprint towers in the area to pump all of the 4G access or because of the newer hardware that the Overdrive contains. It certainly beat out my Blackberry Tour tethering speeds.
I was able to get higher test results on a couple of occasions with other sites but they didn’t have the ability to share the results. I had results of 3Mbps to low 4’s for download speeds and was able to see 1.0Mbps upload speeds.
I look forward to the 4G launch in Minneapolis that is rumored to be later this year and hopefully I will be able to have an EVO as my next device if the “4G tax” isn’t too high 🙂
Before our healthcare benefits are cut. As shown in this article, it is less expensive for companies to NOT provide coverage.