New shots of the HTC EVO Shift 4G appeard on Phone Arena this week and their tipster confirmed earlier reports that this device is Sprint’s version of the Desire Z (aka T-Mobile G2) with the addition of 4G WiMAX support.
Phone Arena refers to this device as a watered-down EVO since it only sports an 800 MHz processor (MSM7230), but the truth is it’s using a second-generation Snapdragon which has the new Adreno 205. See our recent benchmarks of the G2 to see how it stacks up.
The new images also reveal that the EVO Shift 4G is missing the unique z-hinge that we saw on the Desire Z and G2. Instead if features a normal slide out keyboard like the myTouch Slide or heavily leaked HTC Merge.
Overall it looks like another solid device from HTC, but we don’t expect it will hit stores for another month. By that time we will have a wave of new dual-core Android phones, but if all you care about is a QWERTY keyboard then the EVO Shift 4G should be an excellent purchase.