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CTIA 2011 | Sprint officially unveils HTC Evo View 4G tablet

New tablet is a refresh of the HTC Flyer, to be released in the U.S. sometime this summer

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on rumors about a possible HTC tablet coming to Sprint sometime this year. Now that CTIA 2011 has commenced, Sprint has finally confirmed an HTC tablet for its network, called the HTC Evo View 4G.

The Evo View 4G is in essence the HTC Flyer renamed for a stateside release. It will therefore be a 7-inch tablet with a 1024x600 resolution display, include a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM, a microSD slot, HDMI-out, Flash support, and Bluetooth connectivity. Its compatibility with Sprint’s 4G network will make it one of the first WiMAX-enabled tablets in the United States. In fact, the extra bandwidth will allow the tablet to serve as a mobile hotspot for up to an astounding eight other WiFi-enabled devices.

On the software side, we now know that the Evo View 4G will not be coming with the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 out of the box. Unfortunately, Android 2.3 will be preloaded into the initial batch for release. HTC is making up for the shortcoming by integrating HTC Sense into the tablet. Those familiar with the Evo 4G smartphone should feel right at home with HTC’s custom UI, and reports are claiming its transition to the Evo View 4G tablet has been smooth.  Regardless, the tablet should be able to update to Androd 3.0 somewhere down the line, according to Sprint.

Gaming features such as OnLive connectivity was not touched upon at all in the event or press release, however. The ability for the HTC Flyer to run OnLive games was touted last month, but hopefully the feature will make its way to the Evo View 4G soon after launch.

Another feature that will distinguish the HTC tablet form competitors such as the iPad and upcoming Blackberry PlayBook will be its included stylus, called the HTC Scribe digital pen. Though the screen is capacitive, it can also accept stylus inputs to allow for easier tasks such as note-taking and highlighting documents.

Although HTC has made a name for itself in the smartphone world, the company has much more to prove in the growing tablet market. Tablets such as Apple’s iPad 2 and upcoming HP TouchPad will all be giving the Evo View 4G a run for its money when the new tablet releases this summer. The launch price was not mentioned, but previous pre-order listings for the HTC Flyer could be a good estimate of what users may expect to see at release.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-23 (Update: 2012-07-18)