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HTC EVO 4G brings serious firepower to Sprint line

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Today Sprint took the wraps off the EVO 4G, an Android smart phone built by the Taiwan company HTC. Details on how the HTC EVO 4G will be packaged are scarce: Sprint hasn't yet set a price for the handset, nor has the network specified exactly when the EVO will hit store shelves. ("Summer availability" is as close as Sprint gets.)

What's clear, however, is that the HTC EVO 4G is packing an incredible amount of firepower. According to Sprint, the EVO, which is the world's first 3G and 4G Android phone, will connect to the Web at speeds up to ten times faster than current 3G handsets. The key here is Sprint's growing 4G WiMAX network, which Sprint says currently covers 27 markets, including most major metropolitan areas.

"Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date," Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, boasted in a statement released today. "Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level."

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