When HTC designed the Evo Design 4G for the Sprint WiMAX 4G wireless broadband network, their goal was to make an affordable world phone without sacrificing on features or specifications. Their effort produced the Evo Design 4G, which retails for $39.99 at select Sprint authorized retailers with a two-year activation. The Evo Design also qualifies for the Stay Connected gift with purchase that presents buyers with a free $100 Amazon.com gift card if they activate mobile hotspot service as the time of purchase. The handset delivers features that are found in some of Sprint’s more expensive Android handsets, like simultaneous voice and data capability, GSM and 3G UMTS access through Sprint’s Worldwide International services, and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality for up to eight devices.
This is the fifth model in the Sprint Evo line, and arrives pre-programmed with support for Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The HTC Evo Design 4G is average in size and just a little heavier than the average 4G smartphone, measuring 4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches (122 x 61 x 13 mm) and weighing 5.20 ounces (147 g). The 4.0 inch capacitive multitouch S-LCD screen with built-in light and proximity sensors delivers 540 x 960 pixel resolution and representation and 16 million colors.
The processor on board is a single core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, and joins a graphics processor, 768 MB of RAM memory and 4 GB of onboard storage. The HTC Evo Design 4G is capable of 32 GB of storage via the on board microSD slot. Most handsets these days arrive with dual cameras, and the Evo design 4G offers a rear facing 5.0 megapixel camcorder and front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam. With autofocus capability, that rear camcorder shoots video in 1280 x 720 resolution (720p HD) at a speed of 30 frames per second, and the front facing chat cam can also place video calls.
An FM stereo and YouTube video player are on board, and HTML and XHTML web browsing is supported. The handset is also backwards compatible with Sprint’s 3G network, and their 4G access is quoted by Sprint to deliver up to 10 times the speed of the 3G platform. HTC’s Sense user interface provides a customizable lock screen to the handset owner’s favorite and most frequently used content and apps.
HTC has designed the Evo Design 4G with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot access for up to eight wireless devices, and Bluetooth 3.0 joins Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n wireless connectivity. The handset supports SMS, MMS, Threaded view and Predictive text input messaging platforms, and also provides support for IMAP, POP3, SMTP and Microsoft Exchange e-mail systems. Video mirroring is provided through wireless DLNA access. Buy the HTC Evo Design 4G starting at only $39.99 and also get a free $100 Amazon gift card if you activate mobile hot spot service at the time of purchase.