Radio Shack has announced the price of the next generation HTC EVO phone. In an official promo launched by the company, the retailer has priced the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone at $149.99. It is worth noting that we had been speculating the same price since last week after a leaked Best Buy screenshot revealed the price of the EVO Shift.
HTC EVO Shift will be available at the aforementioned price after signing up a two year service contract with Sprint. Those looking for SIM-free versions will need to pay up $449.99 for the handset. If you are a fan of the large screen on the current HTC EVO variant, do note that the Shift will come with a relatively smaller 3.6″ display.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G phone is rumored to launch on January 9, 2011 although there is no official announcement as yet. We will await the same.
There is no official word from HTC or Sprint as yet about this new variant of HTC EVO that is rumored to be launching soon. However, a snapshot of the Best Buy inventory system that has been leaked shows the pricing details of this new Android phone.
From what we see, the HTC EVO Shift 4G could be priced on contract at a price of $149.99. That’s when you sign up with the carrier for two years. If you do not like contracts, then you can get a SIM-free version at a price of $549.99.
HTC EVO Shift 4G is pretty similar to the HTC EVO that is made its debut back in June this year. One crucial difference will be the availability of a physical keyboard on this upcoming device – something that definitely has a market still. The pricing seems appropriate though other important details about this phone are still missing. We will post about them as soon as there is information.
It is now quite a while since the HTC EVO made its first appearance. Now Sprint has finally launched the official HDMI docking station for the Android handset. Starting now, you may pick one of these devices from the Sprint stores in the US at a price of $39.99. The docking station is made with glossy black plastic and has a soft rubber grip at the bottom. You may make use of the docking port to connect your EVO to Type D HDMI ports or to a micro USB.
While the docking port is incredibly good looking and useful, do note that if you have a casing to protect your HTC EVO, you may be in for a little bit of inconvenience. Early reviews point out that even the thinnest of silicone cases make it difficult to dock and sometimes result in a loose connection. Nevertheless, if you do plan on getting one, don’t forget to tell us what you think of the device in the comments below.
If you have been holding back so long from making the move to Android, here is the time to do. Amazon has announced that the price of the popular Android device has now been slashed from the original $499.99 to $99.99. Of course, this price is factoring in a two year contract that you will have to sign up with Sprint. Nevertheless, this is by far the biggest discount offered on EVO so far.
Sprint, the carrier that will offer network services to HTC EVO has also been offering free activation to users moving to their network. This offer has however been limited up to October 18.
HTC EVO is without doubt one of the most impressive Android devices. It comes with a 4.3″ screen with a 800×400 capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz SnapDragon processor, an 8-Megapixel rear camera and another 1.3-Megapixel camera on the front.
You can check out the listing on Amazon by clicking here.
Porting ROMs from one mobile phone to another is not exactly thrilling stuff. It requires you to root your mobile phone and go through a long list of thankless procedures. At the end, you may not even enjoy all the features that your smartphone was supposed to do. Nevertheless, running smartphones on ported ROMs have been a favorite pastime of the nerds and geeks.
If you are one, or are willing to be like one, here is the latest news of interest. The recently leaked HTC Desire HD ROM has now been ported to a few other Android handsets like HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and HTC Droid Incredible. Apparently, these ports are still in their beta stages and do not seem to support camera functions, Wi-Fi or for that matter, 4G on EVO. More sophisticated solutions are hopefully on the way. But if you can’t wait until then, hop over to oneofthese links to get started on the porting instructions.
Droid Incredible users who complain about the non-availability of an EVO-like support to 4G network have something to cheer about. It appears that the Verizon phone may actually be capable of handling 4G networks even though it appears to have been hidden and disabled at present. The feature was discovered by a user with the help of the Google Gesture Search that allows users to search for content inside the phone by simply drawing gestures over the touchscreen. The 4G support is not only hidden but also collapses soon after being accessed.
While this is something worth getting excited about, we are still unsure if the feature is deliberately introduced in the phone for a later release (very unlikely) or if the feature was brought to Droid Incredible by mistake since the HTC Sense UI on the phone is pretty similar to the one on EVO 4G. Either way, one thing is for sure. Droid Incredible users are not going to get 4G network support anytime soon.
The HTC EVO 4G is a great phone with some of the most amazing specifications on smartphones. But even the biggest fans will concede, the battery life on the EVO is nothing to write home about and is pretty poor that it cannot last a day. Wait, many users have complained that the HTC EVO cannot last even a work-day and that its battery dies down pretty fast even if you have power-guzzlers like GPS, Wi-Fi and 4G turned off.
Of course, there are not too many things you can do except carrying a battery charger along with you wherever you go. If that sounds infeasible, do the next best thing – carry a second battery.
Seidio Innocell is selling replacement batteries for HTC EVO that the manufacturers claim will offer a longer battery life than the original. This battery comes with a power capacity of 1750mAh – significantly higher than the 1500mAh capacity on the original EVO battery. Seidio is selling the battery at a price of $43.99 and note that the original retail price is close to $70. Well, whatever. Here’s the product page.
There are two high profile 4G capable Android handsets from Sprint this season, the HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic. Of course, considering the rate at which new Android handsets are being churned out, EVO 4G is not as “new” as the Epic is. And consequently, Sprint would not want to glorify a device that is already out in the market and ruin the market for an upcoming Sprint phone.
For instance, the new Epic 4G comes with a 5-megapixel camera whereas EVO has an 8-megapixel unit. Also, the EVO has a marginally larger display. Nevertheless, the Samsung Epic does come with some interesting features of its own. Firstly, the display is 4-inches of Super AMOLED goodness. Also, users uncomfortable with a virtual keyboard can instead use the slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. But most importantly, Samsung Epic allows you to stream content from your phone to any DLNA certified device wirelessly. EVO on the other hand requires a wired HDMI output.
It is not surprising that Sprint has spoken mainly about the positive aspects of the upcoming Samsung Android handset. But I believe EVO will continue to give Epic a good competition thanks to some amazing features. Check out the Sprint video below.
The results don’t come as a surprise though. HTC has been one manufacturer who has been steadily churning out newer and better Android handsets in recent times. While Motorola may not compare in terms of the number of handsets launched, the company has surely sold its devices in volumes thanks to the heavy marketing campaigns.
HTC may however face much stiffer competition moving forward. The company has been facing a line of manufacturing delays that could potentially lower sale volumes. Additionally, Motorola has been seeing success with its new launches like Droid-X. Besides, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy series of smartphones, expect Samsung to snatch a place or two in the top 5 when we revisit the numbers at the end of Q3.
Which of the top 5 Android handsets is your favorite? I’m going with the EVO.
HTC EVO 4G is definitely one of the hottest Android handsets to have shipped lately. But the enhanced functionalities on the new EVO 4G has also meant that the battery drains down faster than ever. Some users have complained that their Sprint EVO 4G does not last even a day.
Now here’s a new battery pack that could literally double your EVO’s battery life. The HLI-A9292XL Mugen battery pack comes with a capacity of 3,200mAh that is more than double the 1500mAh capacity that HTC EVO 4G’s native battery has to offer. It is marginally thicker at 20mm, but should that matter when you know you can now run through several more hours of internet surfing and videos?
You may have to hold on for a bit though. The new Mugen battery pack starts shipping only around the 13th of next month and shall come priced at $97. If you realize that this money is going to be well worth the investment, then go ahead and check out on the Mugen batteries website.