After the release of its first EVO, Sprint is out with the phone’s scaled down version named ‘EVO Shift’ at CES 2011. Running on the 4G, Shift doesn’t have the same high-end features as you got in original EVO. It’s because the company has removed a few features from the original EVO to bring it to a slimmer version. Here are some changes you would get in EVO Shift.
HTC EVO Shift 4G (via Engadget)
First of all, it has got a slide-out QWETRY keyboard unlike its giant version. Then it has a 3.6” display unlike original EVO’s 4.3”. Another great change is the reduced processing speed: EVO Shift runs on 800MHz MSM7630 processor instead of EVO’s 1GHz. Also, it sports a 5 megapixel camera around back unlike original EVO’s 8 megapixel.
EVO Shift 4G
EVO Shift is available for sale at Sprint now and is priced at $150. Here’s an excerpt from the Sprint’s press release in case you want to know more of the phone’s features and release:
Sprint’s 4G Leadership Extends into 2011 with Introduction of Second Generation of Industry-Leading 4G-Capable Devices
HTC EVO Shift 4G with slide-out QWERTY available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99; MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless debuts on Feb. 27 for $49.99, bringing Sprint 4G connectivity to up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Jan. 4, 2011 – As the first national wireless carrier to launch 4G in 2008, Sprint (NYSE: HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com” S) wrapped up 2010 with a lead in 4G wireless device innovations. Further extending that lead, the company today introduced the upcoming availability of two products in Sprint’s second generation of 4G-capable devices: HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com/shift”HTC EVO Shift™ 4G and HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com/4Gmifi” MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless. With these two devices, Sprint has now introduced 17 4G-capable devices for consumers and business, including three phones, a 4G netbook and notebook from Dell, numerous USB modem options, and several mobile hotspots and routers.
“Sprint will continue to set the bar for feature-rich and customer-friendly 4G devices into 2011,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Our proven leadership as a 4G pioneer has allowed our customers to enjoy 4G from Sprint first, and these new products exemplify Sprint’s commitment to put industry-leading performance and capabilities in the hands of our customers.”
A Feature-Rich 4G Phone with QWERTY
As the 16th 4G-capable device from Sprint, HTC EVO Shift follows in the footsteps of the award-winning HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com/evo” HTC EVO™ 4G, bringing customers an attractive, compact design and an impressive list of features with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Beyond the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, HTC EVO Shift also boasts the power of 4G, Android 2.2™, a 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability.
Additional key features include:
HD Video Recording
Sprint Mobile Hotspot (supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices)
Android Market™ with access to more than 100,000 apps
Messaging – Personal and business e-mail, IM and text messaging
Social Networking Integration – Facebook®, Twitter™, Flickr® and more
Google™ Mobile Services, including YouTube™, Gmail™, Google Talk™, Google Voice™ and Google Maps™
Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card)
The Web browser on HTC EVO Shift is optimized for convenient mobile use and a full Internet experience with functions like pinch-to-zoom and automatically reflowing text. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes staying in touch with friends and family through messaging and social networking quick and easy.
Priced at the lowest cost at launch for any current 4G phone, HTC EVO Shift will be just $149.99 (excluding taxes) after a $100 mail-in rebate and activation on a new two-year service agreement (or eligible upgrade), and activation on a data plan with the required $10 Premium Data Add-On. It will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com” www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1, on Jan. 9. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.sprint.com/shift” www.sprint.com/shift.