Jan 04 AT 3:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

Sprint EVO Shift 4G goes on sale January 9th for $149

Today Sprint announced their third 4G handset, the HTC EVO Shift, which will go on sale January 9th. This new phone retails for $149 with new or upgraded 2-year contract and is available for pre-sale at Best Buy starting today.

The EVO Shift 4G was heavily leaked so there are little surprises with today’s announcement. It is essentially Sprint’s version of the HTC G2 (or Desire Z). The EVO Shift features an 800 MHz Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 3.6 inch display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video record, 512 MB RAM, full QWERTY keyboard, and support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network.

Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO said, “Sprint will continue to set the bar for feature-rich and customer-friendly 4G devices into 2011. 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 thehands of our customers.”

We should get some hands on time with the device later tomorrow, but check out Wirefly’s unboxing for an idea of what to expect.

If you are a Sprint customer, this might be your only new phone for CES. We could get a surprise announcement from LG or Motorola, but it sounds like Sprint will wait till CTIA in March to unveil their next big high-end smartphone.

Source: Sprint

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  • http://Website Gomez

    Is this going to be on Froyo, or what is it going to be on?

    • http://Website Jeffroid

      It is running on froyo, forward to video to 6:15

  • http://Website Richard

    We welcome this device from htc closer to the real evo 4g and much better than that samsung epic 4g… Can’t wait for the HTC EVO 2 that should be announced at CTIA in March… UNTIL THEN welcome evo shift 4g

    • http://Website Anonymous

      Well, seeing as how these Evo Shifts offers Froyo out of the box, it already beats the Samsung Epic.

  • http://Website DroidCLH

    I like the color, the rest is soso

  • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    wirefly.com has them for $119 on pre-order on NEW accounts.

    http://goo.gl/qI1yk

  • http://Website Anonymous

    Still no mention/confirmation of the Front Facing Camera (FFC).

    But I’m sure if Sprint is going to charge $10. for the (“Crab & Steak” per Sprint) 4G fee & to justify such a charge, they dang well better have the FFC on this version as well.

    • http://Website Anonymous

      PS: Seeing the “+” beside the Phone button, its not running the newer version of HTC Sense. :-( Which stinks, a lot. This phone is perfectly capable of doing so.

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