HTC Supersonic to be called EVO 4G; first Sprint WiMAX phone

The long awaited Sprint 4G smartphone announcement has finally been made. At CTIA, Sprint unveiled its first 4G, WiMAX ready smartphone. Dubbed the HTC EVO 4G, this "superphone" can be used as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices, which is twice the number of connections that the Overdrive can handle. The device is set for release this summer. No exact date has been announced. To be alerted upon its arrival, visit Sprint's EVO 4G website and sign up.

The phone will pack a HD2 sized 4.3" screen and have HTC's FriendStream installed (for social networking), as well as Adobe Flash baked into the browser. Phone calls from the device will still be made over Sprint's CDMA network, while data runs over WiMAX and EV-DO Rev. A. This may finally allow a Sprint device to do both voice and data simultaneously. This was never before possible on a CDMA network.

The EVO 4G will automatically play YouTube videos in HD quality when the phone is in 4G coverage. The device can also output stunning HD video to an HDMI HDTV via its HDMI-out port. Its camera can capture 720p HD video and take 8 MP stills, making this phone the only multimedia device you need to carry. There's also a 1.3 MP front facing camera on the device, assumed to be for video chatting. Qik will even come preloaded so users can easily stream live video from either of the device's cameras.

Here are the known specs:

  • Android 2.1 with Sense UI
  • 480 x 800 4.3" TFT LCD
  • 4G/3G connectivity
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8650 processor
  • 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM
  • 8 GB microSD card (exapandable to 32 GB)
  • 8 MP camera with flash
  • 720p video recording
  • 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 802.11 b/g
  • Kickstand
  • HDMI-out port
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microUSB connector

Below is a PR photo, as well as some hands-on videos from Engadget.

HTC Evo 4G

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I am still waiting to see pricing especially since i get my yearly upgrade this summer and we have had 4g here for sometime now. Would be nice to have it

SpecialK. said,
This better release for Verizon changed up for their LTE network.

By the time Verizon has an LTE network, this thing will be 2-3 years old and Sprint will have 20 more devices that are even better.

For those who are talking about a uk version. Very much doubt that with it being CDMA & wimax. Two technologies we don't have here.

I'm not liking the battery power so far, i hope they up it. Otherwise I'm sure 4G apps will suck it dry. It's not that much more than the Palm Pre default battery which is terrible.

Looks awesome. Definitely considering switching from AT&T to Sprint once my contract is up. Sprint has the best smartphone rates at $70/month for unlimited everything.

nice, not only is this phone a computer in your hand, its also a modem in your hand ...

like, you know, up to now the only ways to accesss wimax were with dedicated receivers and dongles etc....

xendrome said,
Am I reading the title wrong shouldn't it say "HTC EVO 4G phone to be called Supersonic ; first Sprint WiMAX phone"
Nope, the codename for this rumored phone was Supersonic - now it's been officially announced and named EVO 4G.

Oh dam...I was about to get the HERO then got the news that the Nexus One was coming soon to Sprint NOW I have to wait even more because I WANT THIS PHONE NAOW! Niiice!!

Well now the Nexus One doesn't look so stellar, especially with how long it's taking to come to Verizon. This looks really awesome.

this is just awesome .. i hope it had 802.11n but with 4G i guess it be a great let down
can't wait to put this jewel in my pants B)

Bero said,
this is just awesome .. i hope it had 802.11n but with 4G i guess it be a great let down
can't wait to put this jewel in my pants B)

*won't be* meh

Wietze said,
Great phone, however, I don't like the buttons.

Bring me something like this but with a keyboard like the Samsung Moment's and I'll drop the full retail price to get it on launch day.

cybertimber2008 said,
There is no such thing. There is Android 2.1 with Sense UI, I think you meant that.


Thats the Hero Android interface though, which is what i meant.

vincent said,


Thats the Hero Android interface though, which is what i meant.

It is Sense UI. Hero is one of many phones that use it.