Earlier this month, Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC unveiled three new high-end 4G smartphones at the CES 2011 show in Las Vegas. With the introduction of the HTC EVO Shift 4G from Sprint, HTC Inspire 4G (pictured below) from AT&T and HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon Wireless, HTC is showing its position as the leader in ultra-fast connectivity.
HTC's boss Peter Chou was quoted saying the following at the unveiling:
HTC offers a diverse portfolio of devices that are designed to not only perform at 4G wireless speeds, but to put each of our customers at the center with the HTC Sense experience, which truly brings the power of broadband wireless to life.
Whether people are looking for large-screen multi-media, consumer social media, touch or QWERTY 4G devices, HTC has a device that fits their needs.
AT CES 2011, Sprint announced the HTC EVO Shift 4G, another WiMAX 2.5–2.6 GHz follow on to the 2008 HTC EVO. The Shift 4G's compact design runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.2 software.
It also has HTC's Sense user interface and a full QWERTY keyboard. The Shift 4G sports a five-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, an HTML browser, WiFi, a microSD card slot, messaging and email, stereo Bluetooth, the usual Android apps, a music player, and a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor.
At $149.99, the Shift 4G is available on Sprint from January 9 with a new two-year contract and accompanying data plan. If you're in the market for your first 4G handset, this could be a good choice.
The HTC Inspire 4G, shown on the right, is designed to take advantage of AT&T's new HSPA+ network. This Android 2.2 phone packs in a huge 4.3-inch S-LCD capacitive display with 480x800 pixel resolution and is driven by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
The Inspire 4G also has an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p video recording, an accelerometer, compass and comes with 4GB of built-in storage, expandable to 32GB with a microSD card. At this time, AT&T is not announcing pricing or availability for the HTC Inspire 4G.
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