HTC EVO Shift 4G gets a leaked price and release date

Sprint brought themselves out of a bad financial place with the release of the HTC EVO 4G in Summer 2010. At the time, it was the only phone that had access to a very limited Wimax 4G network, it had dual cameras, and it was the fastest Android phone on the block. Since then, the Android smartphone market has been more like a game of Whack-A-Mole, with a manufacturer popping out a new Android phone in what seems like every few seconds.

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According to AndroidCentral, Radio Shack has leaked details and a launch date for a HTC EVO Shift 4G, the sequel to the phone that saved Sprint. Previously leaked details about the phone point to an actually slower and smaller model than the EVO 4G, this time with a slide-out keyboard. Its 800Mhz processor and 3.6” screen (down from 4.3 inches and 1Ghz) are reminiscent of the T-Mobile G2 and HTC Desire Z, and the price certainly reflects the change; Sprint will be offering this phone for $149 on a 2-year contract, as opposed to $200 for the EVO 4G.

Radio Shack’s circular has January 9 as the release date, which makes a lot of sense given that CES 2011 is happening the week before. We’ll likely have a nice introduction to the phone when Neowin invades Las Vegas for coverage of the entire CES weekend. 

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I'm inclined to agree with the "HTC is foolish" line of thinking. You'd think a phone like the Evo would be upgraded, not downgraded after half of a year. I still have to say that compared to Samsung's Android phones, HTC couldn't possibly load any more crap on their phones. They also seem to be missing basic functionality but hey, I can watch Youtube in HQ (hooray ).

Davo said,
I'm inclined to agree with the "HTC is foolish" line of thinking. You'd think a phone like the Evo would be upgraded, not downgraded after half of a year. I still have to say that compared to Samsung's Android phones, HTC couldn't possibly load any more crap on their phones. They also seem to be missing basic functionality but hey, I can watch Youtube in HQ (hooray ).

It will be upgraded, just not quite yet. It will be once the next revision of high end android devices start happening with gingerbread, dual core processors etc. As for missing basic functionality, what exactly do you mean ?

I might have been tempted if it was 3G.

I don't feel like paying $10 extra a month for 4G when I don't even get it. I don't care what they call it, we all know the fee is for 4G.

I'll keep waiting for a Windows Phone.

I guess. It's like the Smasung Epic and Transform. However, those phones came out around the same time. It's been six months since the EVO was released.

bankajac said,
I agree, this is a downgrade from the EVO. Why would they release a lesser phone?

Cause it's not supposed to be the top tier one, rather an alternative input method cousin type. Otherwise why did they release the tmobile g2/desire Z when desire HD was announced and so on. That's why.

SteelToast said,
What's with these 800Mhz processors, nowadays all smartphones should have atleast 1Ghz.

Isn't 1ghz going to be a min requirement for future Android OS shortly?

SteelToast said,
What's with these 800Mhz processors, nowadays all smartphones should have atleast 1Ghz.

It has same processing power at 800MHz the scorpian SoC as the first gen snapdragons so not losing anything other then "more MHz = more eDoodle" argument. Should also add that this actually improves power efficiency so better battery on a phone is always better then about 1.5-2 fps in mobiles games.

Hmmmm. I just bought the original Evo for $100 at RadioShack through a special trade-in offer. I'd still be within the 30 day return window. Do I pay more and get this one because it's newer and has a keyboard or do I stick with the cheaper, older, but more powerful model?