Sprint has yet to announce the HTC EVO Shift 4G, but more leaks are beginning to show that the phone might be revealed next week. Recent discoveries by Android Police show the EVO Shift 4G is already appearing in Sprint’s inventory system and it looks like the phone will debut for $149 with a new 2-year contract. Our friend Phil from Android Central thinks the phone will launch on Sunday, January 9th, which makes sense if the phone gets announced next week at CES.
This QWERTY slider is Sprint’s version of the Desire Z (think T-Mobile G2 in the U.S.) and it features a 3.7 inch display, 800 MHz second-gen Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, and support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. About the only physical difference from the T-Mobile G2 is that the EVO Shift 4G lacks the unique z-hinge and offers a more traditional slide mechanism for the keyboard.
We are afraid that Sprint might have waited too long to release this device next to all the faster dual-core phones that are getting announced, but I guess that’s why they priced it at only $149. You have to remember that Sprint is still charging the monthly $10 4G fee, so keep that in mind before you sign a 2-year contract for this device. Overall it looks like a great Android phone, but I would wait for something a little faster before I spend my hard earned money.
Will any QWERTY fans out there be picking this device up on day one?