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WiMAX-Equipped HTC Evo 4G Headed to Sprint on June 4th

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KANSAS, USA – HTC and Sprint are all set to release US’s first 4G/WiMax powered Android device, with the HTC Evo 4G, which will be released to Sprint’s consumers in the US for US$199 (for new line sign-ups).

The “blazingly fast” 4G network of Sprint is best exploited by the Snapdragon-powered HTC Evo 4G, which beats other competitor’s 3G networks in the US by a mile in several benchmarking tests.

The 4.3″ device from HTC is equipped with a front-facing camera, and is capable of rendering video calls over both 4G and 3G networks via Qik, the popular mobile video sharing service. However, the high-speed data connectivity of 4G from Sprint comes a steep price of US$10 per month of “premium data add-on” on top of user’s present data plan.

Further, the eight-device Wi-Fi hotspot feature from Sprint 4G comes at an additional US$29.99 per month, making the present 4G data plans one of the most expensive of all the data-enabled plans in the US.

The 4G device from HTC was a crowd favorite at the just-concluded CTIA, where the manufacturers promoted the handset as the first and as of now the only mobile handset, capable of rendering high definition YouTube content over mobile networks. Further, Redmondpie hasĀ  reported that popular games’ manufacturer EA will be releasing the Android version of Need For Speed Shift on HTC Evo 4G on the eve of the handset launch in US, further boosting the market visibility of the first 4G handset in the US.

With the fourth generation iPhone due in June, AT&T’s competitors are gearing up with feature-rich phones to combat the subsequent iPhone domination. While Sprint has turned to faster 4G networks and a blazingly-fast Android device from HTC, Verizon intends to capitalize on its better 3G penetration across the US to push its Android and Windows Phone line-up of smartphones. Whether HTC and the 4G network from Sprint will be able to negate the fourth generation iPhone wave remains to be seen.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on May 16th, 2010 GMT +2

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