Early rumors on the launch of the HTC EVO View 4G were right on target, as Sprint has now officially announced that the WiMAX-enabled HTC Flyer will begin selling this June 24th in the U.S. The tablet is claimed to be the first 4G tablet ever to hit the market.
Additionally, Sprint has begun selling the RIM PlayBook through its online store. Oddly enough, the company is carrying the WiFi model only. Whether or not Sprint will release a 3G or 4G-equipped PlayBook is currently unknown, but the chances are looking quite slim, especially since previous rumors have hinted at the cancellation of the PlayBook for the Sprint network.
The 7-inch HTC EVO View 4G is equipped with a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU with 1GB RAM and ships with Android Gingerbread. An upgrade to Android Honeycomb is promised to come as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the 7-inch RIM PlayBook runs on a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4430 CPU with 1GB RAM and its proprietary BlackBerry Tablet OS.
Sprint will be selling the EVO View for $400 at launch with a 2-year data contract. Fortunately, the Digital Scribe stylus will be thrown in for free, but only for a limited time. The WiFi-only PlayBook is now available through Sprint for $500.
Two Newest Members of the Award-Winning HTC EVO Family, HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G, Make Debut Exclusively from Sprint on June 24HTC EVO 3D, with America's first 4.3-inch, qHD 3D display and a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, available for $199.99; HTC EVO View 4G brings the powerful HTC EVO experience to a 4G tablet for $399.99
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Two of the "must-have" gadgets of 2011 are getting ready to make their debut. Sprint (NYSE: S)todayannounced the June 24 availability of HTC EVO(TM) 3D and HTC EVO View 4G(TM) on America's Favorite 4G Network1. America's first 'glasses-free' 3D 4G device will be available for $199.99, and HTC EVO View 4G, the first 4G tablet in market, will be available for $399.99. Both prices exclude applicable taxes, and the devices require a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.
Customers can pre-order HTC EVO 3D or HTC EVO View 4G at any participating Sprint Store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card (per device). On June 24, Sprint Stores nationwide will open doors at 8 a.m. local time for customers to get a jump-start on purchasing these hot new devices.
Additionally, Sprint Premier customers will have the opportunity to purchase HTC EVO 3D online three days before the national launch, while supplies last. Qualifying customers will receive an email on June 21, or they can log on to their account at www.sprint.com on June 21, click "show me my rewards" and then "Sprint Premier Community" for more information.
"Sprint takes device innovation to a whole new level with the two newest members of the EVO family, HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G," said Fared Adib, senior vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "HTC EVO 3D provides our customers the ability to capture and view content in 3D and share at 4G speeds; HTC EVO View 4G expands on the capabilities of tablets by introducing the digital pen, and allows our consumers to do more than they ever imagined was possible."
Glasses-Free 3D plus Sprint 4G
HTC EVO 3D takes the mobile multimedia experience to a new level, providing the ability to capture and view in 3D and share at 4G speeds, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience. Built with the Android 2.3 operating system (Gingerbread), HTC EVO 3D features America's first 4.3-inch, qHD 3D display and a powerful 1.2GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(R) dual-core processor. HTC EVO 3D also features dual 5-megapixel cameras, which can be used to capture high-quality conventional and stunning 3D images and videos, opening up new frontiers for user-generated content, social networking and streaming video.
Respected device critics agree Sprint has done it again with HTC EVO 3D. Here are a few of the accolades that poured in when it was announced in March:
LAPTOP Magazine honored HTC EVO 3D with its Best Smart Phone Award and the coveted Best in Show honor at CTIA this spring.
PC World added, "The design is gorgeous, and the combination of dual-core Snapdragon processors with 4G can't be beat. Suffice to say, I can't wait to get my hands on this phone this summer."
Phonearena.com named HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G as "Best of CTIA 2011."
Boy Genius Reportsaid, "The HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet were among our favorite new gadgets shown off at CTIA."
HTC EVO 3D requires activation on one of Sprint's 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 $39.99 per month vs. Verizon's comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and web.2 The Mobile Hot Spot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges) supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.
An Unparalleled Tablet Experience
HTC EVO View 4G brings the best of the EVO experience to a tablet design with a 7-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and latest version of HTC Sense. It will launch with an Android 2.3 operating system (Gingerbread) and will be updated to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) when it is available for a 7-inch tablet. As the perfect combination e-reader, media player and portable computing device, HTC EVO View 4G offers a premium entertainment experience with HD-like quality video and a rich web-browsing experience with the ability to browse the web on Flash-enabled sites.
Rate plans for the HTC EVO View start as low as $34.993 per month for 3GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data usage while on the Sprint network. Unlimited text, picture and video messaging are included at no charge. Additional plans, including 3G-only plans, are available to meet customers' needs.
Additionally, for a limited time, any customer who purchases HTC EVO View 4G will receive the HTC Scribe(TM) digital pen (otherwise sold separately) at no charge with a two-year service agreement - providing an additional savings of $79.99 on their purchase.
Optional add-on services include GPS Navigation for $2.99 per day or $10 per month and the Mobile Hot Spot option for $29.99 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges) supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint also ranks as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years4. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 51 million customers at the end of 1Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 Based on number of Sprint 4G subscribers vs. those on other wireless 4G (WiMAX and LTE) networks in the United States. 2 Plan pricing excludes taxes and surcharges. 3 Regular price $44.99 per month. Discounted monthly recurring charge requires customer to have an eligible service plan, including Simply Everything, Simply Everything Share, Everything Data, Everything Data Share. Everything Business (corporate liable only) or Business Everything Advantage Messaging and Data plan (corporate liable only). 4 Based on the results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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