Oct 19 AT 12:11 PM Nick Gray 17 Comments

Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G with global roaming launching October 23 for $99


With all the excitement about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0, we’d like to remind you that other manufacturers are still working hard to roll out their latest handsets as well. Sprint and HTC announced this morning that the HTC EVO Design 4G will hit store shelves on October 23 for just $99.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. While the EVO Design 4G may sound like just another WiMax enabled phone, it’s the first EVO device to feature global roaming capabilities with its CDMA dual-band EVDO, WiMAX, HSPA/UMTS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity options.

The EVO Design 4G’s 1.2 GHz processor, 4-inch qHD display, 5MP and 1.3MP rear and front-facing cameras and Android 2.3 with HTC Sense may not be considered cutting edge these days, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any other phone with those specs for less than $200 on any carrier. The HTC EVO Design 4G won’t be giving the HTC EVO 3D a run for its money, but we suspect the price of the phone will make it a very attractive addition to Sprint’s current Android lineup.

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HTC EVO Design 4G spec highlights

  • Qualcomm MSM8655, 1.2 GHz + SQN 1210
  • Android Gingerbread w/HTC Sense 3.0
  • 768MB RAM, 8 GB card included
  • 4.8” x 2.4” x .47” (LxWxT)
  • 5.2 ounces (with battery)
  • 4.0” (diagonal) WVGA (960×540)
  • 1520mAh LiIo
  • Capacitive touch screen with multi-touch capability
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Digital compass, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor
  • CDMA dual-band EVDO + WiMAX +
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with auto focus support
  • 1.3 megapixels front camera for Qik HD video chatting

The HTC EVO Design 4G isn’t the next Nexus device, of course, and probably won’t be getting Android 4.0 until late in Q1 of 2012. That being said, HTC has put together a pretty decent device that will sell for nearly $200 less than certain handsets on Verizon and T-Mobile’s networks. Is it really all about specs? Or do any of you still think a phone is worthy of your affection simply based on price?

Show Press Release

Sprint Expands Award-Winning HTC EVO Family with HTC EVO Design 4G, First EVO with World Phone Capabilities

HTC EVO Design 4G debuts Oct. 23 for less than $100 — offering high-end 4G capabilities at an easily affordable price

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & SEATTLE — Oct. 19, 2011 — Sprint (NYSE: S) continues the award-winning HTC EVOâ„¢ family legacy with the addition of HTC EVO Design 4Gâ„¢, the first EVO family member touting World Phone capabilities. HTC EVO Design 4G boasts many of the “must-have” features of its predecessors, including Sprint 4G and a large touchscreen display, while sporting a slim, pocket-friendly aluminum unibody design at an easily affordable price.

HTC EVO Design 4G goes on sale Oct. 23 for just $99.99 (excluding taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. It will be available in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

“Priced at under $100, HTC EVO Design 4G is the perfect device for consumers looking for both the benefits of 4G and the latest in device style,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “When matched with one of the Sprint Everything Data plans, our customers will unlock the value of unlimited without worrying about the cost or surprises on their monthly bill.”

Designed for customers who want to stay connected and be entertained, HTC EVO Design 4G combines the acclaimed HTC Senseâ„¢ experience with a stylish and robust feature set to make the 4G experience more accessible than ever. Other key features include:

  • Androidâ„¢ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense — Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile —guaranteed  to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n capable

“With HTC and Sprint working together, the smash-hit HTC EVO 4G introduced the world to the possibilities of 4G,” said Martin Fichter, vice president product management, HTC Americas. “With the introduction of the fifth addition to the EVO family — HTC EVO Design 4G — HTC is expanding its diverse portfolio of 4G smartphones on Sprint’s powerful 4G network.”

HTC EVO Design 4G requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge — a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month and supports up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously2. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Peter

    “Ocotber” = “October” #corrections

    • Angie Strickland

      Thanks, that was a dumb one for me to miss.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    is this blog post designed to let yarrell go craazy?

    • BiGMERF

      LMFAO !!!!!!

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    Any idea how much it is without a contract?

  • BigCiX

    No more then $400

  • SherlockHomeboy

    So cool how fast technology is moving. Last year this would’ve been a top of the line device and now it’s just mid-range.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      mid-range sounds like a dirty word sometimes. It’s not top of the line, but I wouldn’t classify the EVO Design 4G with a phone line the HTC Rhyme or some of Samsung’s cheaper Galaxy phones.

  • mmitchum

    New Category – Upper Mid-Range….

  • Melissa

    Oh boo no physical QWERTY keyboard. :(

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      HTC typically does one keyboard reference design per year. Last year was the G2/Desire Z which turned into the EVO Shift and a few other phones. We may see another QWERTY keyboard device show up in the next few months.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I really like the matte black and brushed aluminum look on the back of the phone. It’s the same design concept as their other devices, but the darker color makes it feel a bit evil.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The legacy of the Evo family of devices on sprint are legendary. While this device may not be tops from a spec standpoint it will appeal to some people who are just tired of shelling out cash. This is a great example of the fact that the EVO LINE continues to grow on sprint and at the end of the day that’s great for both sprint and android.

    • Sway_212

      Oh boy….

  • RageQuit

    qHD not WVGA btw.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Thanks for catching that. The list of specs was actually pulled from HTC’s specs from their press release. I’ll send them an email and let them know to make the correction since they have probably sent this info out to a few thousand media outlets.

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