Sprint made a splash at the opening day of CTIA’s annual conference when chief executive Dan Hesse said the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile merger would stifle innovation.
But the third-largest mobile company also unveiled some long-awaited goodies for gadget lovers.
The HTC EVO 3D is a 3D handset (no glasses included) that’s set to run on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. The 3D part of its name comes from the fact that it can play back 3D video and record in 3D with its dual 5MP rear-facing cameras. The phone also sports a 1.3 MP front-facing camera. With a 4.3-inch screen, the new EVO is as big as the current model, which was criticized at launch for being, well, too big.
Sprint also showed off the HTC EVO View, a tablet that’s essentially a big brother to the phone. The device debuted at the Mobile World Congress as the HTC Flyer in February, but has been rebranded for Sprint. The specs for the tablet have remained the same since it first appeared: It will run Android’s Gingerbread system, has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor, dual cameras and a seven-inch display. The tablet uses HTC’s Scribe technology for its stylus, which can be used for general note-taking, as well as for marking audio notes while writing. It uses the HTC Sense user interface.
Sprint said both devices will be out this summer and that pricing information will be available closer to launch.
Best Buy announced it will be carry a Wi-Fi-only version of the EVO View 3D under the HTC Flyer name. The store said it will begin selling the tablet this spring, though it didn’t give a specific date.