Sprint Announces EVO Shift 4G and MiFi 3G/4G Hotspot


This baby has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason.  It’s a pretty amazing looking device. This morning, Sprint “officially” announced the EVO Shift 4G. They also threw in another nice little surprise–the MiFi 3G/4G hotspot.

For more information, check out Sprint‘s press releases:

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04 January 2011

HTC EVO Shift™ 4G fact sheet

Sleek and streamlined, delivering a paramount mobile experience with
the power of Sprint 3G and 4G
HTC EVO Shift 4G follows in the footsteps of the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G bringing customers an attractive, streamlined design with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard and an astonishing list of features. Beyond the latest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, HTC EVO Shift also boasts the power of 4G, Android™ 2.2, a 5MP camera/720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability. HTC EVO Shift’s custom Web browser is optimized for convenient mobile use with functions like pinch-to-zoom and automatically reflowing text, while Sprint 4G speeds deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. The slide out full QWERTY keyboard makes staying in touch with friends and family through messaging and social networking quick and easy. With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO Shift 4G also allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including a laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to enjoy the benefits of 3G/4G speeds on the go.
·       3G/4G capability.
·       3.6” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback.
·       World-class HTML browser – quality that rivals that of netbooks.
·       Android 2.2, with access to more than 100,000 apps on Android Market.
·       Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking.
·       GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM.
·       Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words.
·       Updated HTC Sense, highly acclaimed user experience, which includes FriendStream™ to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates.
·       Visual voicemail.
·       Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging.
·       3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.
·       4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
·       3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps.
·       5MP autofocus camera and 720p HD camcorder.
·       High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds.
·       Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone.
·       Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack.
·       FM radio and Amazon MP3 store.
·       Amazon Kindle – an e-Reader in the palm of your hands, with you everywhere you go!
·       Sprint applications including Sprint TV® and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM.
·       Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1.
·       Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g/n.
·       Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS.
·       Expandable memory: 2GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB.
·       Qualcomm® MSM7630 (800 MHz) processor.
·       Dimensions: 4.6″ x 2.3″ x .6″ (LxWxT).
·       Weight: 5.9 ounces.
·       Main display: 3.6” WVGA (800×480) 65K colors.
·       Battery life: 6 hours of talk time*.
·       Standard removable 1500mAh Lithium (Li-on) battery.
·       Memory: 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM.
*Time may vary depending on 3G/4G coverage and usage.


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04 January 2011

MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless fact sheet

Big on Power, Small on Size

Sprint’s ultra-compact MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless brings customers the portability of the MiFi design with one-touch connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, including a tablet, eReaders, laptops or gaming consoles. Delivering a true wireless experience with no cables or software installation required, the MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot easily supports all the needs of a family household, a frequent traveler who wants to avoid Wi-Fi charges, or even a small business team in a form factor about the size of a credit card. Sprint is the first carrier to launch a 4G MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot preloaded with MiFi OS™, widgets and application support, adding capabilities beyond just Internet connectivity. Its predecessor, the MiFi 2200 by Novatel Wireless, was the industry’s first 3G Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. This version with 4G accessibility offers download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G service.1 It also features an external display with status indicators for battery, signal strength and number of connected devices as well as shared storage capability through a microSD™ slot for up to a 32GB memory card. It supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

·       3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX capable
·       10mm x 35mm eInk display with status indicators for battery, signal and number of connected devices
·       Location based services: GPSOne, xTRA, stand-alone GPS
·       Browser user interface for configuration
·       MicroSD slot for up to 32GB memory card
·       Supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
·       Datalink 3G/4G
·       No software required for Wi-Fi connection
·       Battery: 1500mAh – four hours of usage; 60 hours of standby time
·       4G data speeds (WiMAX) – Peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
·       3G data speeds (EV-DO Rev. A) – Peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.
·       Compatibility: Wi-Fi, Windows®, MAC OS® X, Linux®
·       Chipset EV-DO: Qualcomm® MSM7627
·       Chipset WiMax: Beceem® BCSM250
·       Frequency: Dual-band (CDMA 1900, 800MHz); supports EV-DO Rev. A/0; 1xRTT
·       Weight: 85 grams with battery (3 oz.)
·       Antenna: Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS antenna
·       Wireless Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n


So, what do you think?  Was the Shift worth the hype?  I guess we’ll know for sure on the 9th.  When you pick one of these bad boys up, let us know what you think of it.

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  • drew evo

    Homespun no its not worth it
    I went and got the Evo and love irt I was really exited to her about the shift
    But not now
    Only a 800mhz processes. A 3.7 scream
    Come on HTC y you gotta do that to us ain’t right
    The 2nd should be faster and better and you killed it
    You made the second suck thanks a lot lol
    I’m sticking with the Evo!

    • H4ck54w

      They’ve also removed a front facing camera, the main camera has been reduced from an 8MP to a 5MP, and a 2GB SD card instead of an 8GB.

      Also sticking with my EVO.

    • bousozoku

      Why do they all have to be high end?

      Not everyone has the money for a high end device. Sprint is trying to cover several price points and you’re certainly not going to be able to put all the equipment into a device and make it cost less to build.

      The LG Optimus is selling quite well, because it’s more than a feature phone for the price of a feature phone but it’s limited like T-Mobile’s G1.

      • H4ck54w

        I can’t speak for drew, but my gripe wasn’t with the… (let’s call it “middle class”) features. More with the fact that by using the Evo namesake they are implying that it’s an Evo that has a keyboard.

        idk maybe Sprint is trying to move towards a “Droid” marketing strategy where all of their future Android phones will be called Evos. It just doesn’t sit right with me.

  • Dry ice

    The shift is targeting a different market. Htc probably wouldn’t make another phone to compete and steal the thunder from the evo. Its just a different phone for a different mass. Good thinking htc. Just don’t become diluted like samsung.

  • Jay Dub

    I’d get this phone if it didn’t have the 4G surcharge. I’d like good processing power but don’t need 4g speeds.

    On the other hand, I don’t see why ANYONE would want this phone over the original EVO since you can get that for $100 pretty easily. Is a slider really that important?

  • Jay Dub

    BTW, it really is frustrating that Sprint won’t bring out any good Android phones that aren’t 4g. This is one that should have been since it’s really spec’d lower than its two best phones.

  • motoxer

    I’m glad to see 3 out of the big 4, have Android as their flagship phones.

  • dalaron1

    They really dropped the ball. That took a huge step backwards. Great to see the nice keyboard. But no front camera, slower processor, water down camera, and smaller mem card. Wow!! No playing and for-taught going into this as-well. If sprint or Htc needs someone to help with their device planning, I’m available. So is my pup. The decision here couldn’t get any worse. Way to go Sprint. Just keep shooting yourself in the foot.

  • …. T-Mobile G2/Desire Z for Sprint

  • Lon

    At least it’s not that cheezy “z” hinge like on the G2! My wife is going to love this one… and that’s who it was designed for… not us techno geeks… that’s what our Evo is for. Samsung has too many problems with slider (wife had 3 in a month). Tmo MyTouch HTC 3g Slider was perfect for her, but now that we are back with sprint, they didn’t have anything good for her until this releases. but, like most of you said… she certainly doesn’t need 4g nor the extra charge. Anyone using this phone isn’t a power-user and isn’t going to need 4G, especially since most of the nation doesn’t have access to 4G anyway… HELL, WE JUST NOW GOT SPRINT 3G IN CARLSBAD, NM!!!

  • evo owner

    Yeah i agree with others…i think this is cool abovr avg lil phone but why even kill it with name shift or knight. Come on nice device but if u lost bet and have no choice call it mini evo or evo jr calling it shift with added hype looks desperate. That phone aint half what mine is why link em? Only thing they have in common is android and sprint. Come on sprint enjoy having best phone on earth for lil bit till others catch up. Dont look stupid in spotlight. Go make the next wow phone cause in few months red and att aill take belt from the real evo. Be cool not desperate. Oh yeah fire whoever came up with this advertistment idea!

  • Lewis

    I thought I would be looking at an evo with a keyboard. Maybe Thinner than the epic, without the plastic feel? Nope, just using the EVO name to sell phones. I guess if I did switch from my EVO, let’s see… slower processor, smaller screen, lower mp camera, no self facing camera… it should be ashamed to be in the EVO lineup. Are cellphones supposed to get better? HTC needs to spend their dollars on increasing battery life, size and features. I also didn’t see what version of Android they are using, but the market they are selling to probably doesn’t care…

  • The z hinge on g2 vision is anything but cheesy, i own 2 and its great and is not going to just break, awesome design great job on that HTC, unfortunately the shift is not sprints G2/Desire Z, its close but not as good as the G2, they made the preview specs seem like it was going to be better but instead of the advertised 512mb ram it has the same 390mb ram as G2, they claimed it had 2gb internal rom (G2 has just over 1gb rom) but the actualy rom on shift is just uder about 500mb so half as much rom as G2, which is going to force shift users to use apps to sd and with the class 2 sd card it comes with it will show some lagg once using a2sd. And then there is the display. This really irritated me claimed 3.7″ same as G2, if u measure G2 display its actually about 2mm shy of 3.8″ very nice a bonus, shift comes in at just under 3.6″ and u can tell it is shorter and narrower without even holding them side by side. They did not go backwards with the 800mhz cpu, it is way way faster at 800mhz then the other 1ghz phones are and can very easily be overclocked to 1516mhz with no heating up and still amazing batt life. Ppl have reported getting it to 1.9ghz so evo cpu is by far inferior to the new 800mhz’s that HTC is using my G2 quadrant score is 2570 at 1.5ghz and about 1980 at the 806mhz stock, an evo wont hit that score overclocked to 1.2ghz

    The G2 is also covered in metal parts and has a very solid feel to it, nice and heavy, the shift is all plastic far lighter and doesnt have that high quality feel the G2 has especially when sliding keyboard out. Feels empty like hollow plastic. G2 is a superior device to the shift unfortunately HTC did not put the same amount of effort into the shift as they did the G2, The Shift still is sprints G2 but if looking for the best HTC Physical keyboarded phone (regardless of carrier) then right now tmob has it unless u want to pay almost $800 to have an identical except for sense ui, there is Desire Z to use on ATT. These HTC Physical keyboarded phones were not intended for competition with the virtual keyboard devices. They were put out there for ppl like me who do not want a virtual keyboarded phone no matter what the specs are (we do exist and theres alot of us it just took a while for manufacturers to realize this) verizon is supposed to have the Merge comming as there G2/Shift/Desire Z, and i would still be with AT&T if they had half a brain and jumped on the desire Z for there lineup. So far from what the Merge specs are looking like it may better the G2 and take the spotlight for being the best of the 4 devices. Some previews say 3.8″ display on it, this is probly because they actually measured the display and its the same one used in G2 not in shift. If it actually has 512mb ram and 2024mb rom then it will be the best. As u can see it shares the same amount of metal parts as the G2. I also think Merge is the best looking device of the 3 with the gunmetal and dark gray, no track pad, and balanced placement of everything. Lets hope they don’t change its design and what we have seen shows up in the next 2 months, and its specs are true unlike the Shift.

  • just a guy

    Don’t get sold on what they give you in the brochure . The shift is a top of the line phone under the hood . It’s not a cadillac like the Evo . It’s not for show it’s for use . Check out the android forums the Evo vs the shift in speed and in gaming(graphics) has lost time and time again . Especially in the rooted custom rom department yes even when the are essentially using the same rom . The Og evo gets crushed by it’s brother lol . The brochure just tells you the 800mhz vs 1ghz it doesn’t say what chip set they have or what generation processor and the fact the the second generation is faster than the first even when underclocked to 800 mhz . This was done to make sure the phone had great battery life and would never over heat . Giving you a quality smart phone that would last to your next upgrade unless you got a lemon (I didn’t) . They didn’t go backwards at all they gave you a faster Evo with better battery life (if you know how to use froyo) yes minus the ffc and the kickstand omg it’s all over no ffc lol . And wait here is the thing … It can fit in your pocket . You don’t have to buy a hip clip and all kinds of protection because it’s always falling on the floor off of your hip clip ha ha . Most of the time you see ads that push a product it’s usually junk , but the Evo Shift actually has quality and if you want to over clock it 1.8 ghz (that is now common) . Just google then read my friends you’ll find out that where the shift lacks in features it boasts in speed performance and well battery great battery life if you choose not to over clock it so high lol . Read and research don’t look at the commercials on the t.v. and internet to much 🙂 . It’s meant for a different kind of person that’s for sure . If you prefer performance and speed that can still fit in your pocket . And don’t listen to people who don’t have an evo shift it’s pointless to ask a blind man if your suit looks on you … well he just doesn’t know . So if you ask an Iphone lover what he thinks about the shift the truth is you really didn’t want to know lol . You wanna know what a beer tastes like then drink one don’t ask everyone else lol you’ll get alot of different opinions and just get confused . So you wanna know how the shift feels and acts just try it . And I like to over clock mine too just for fun lol highest quadrant for me was 3083 and smart bench 2011 1905 and 1945 . The og Evo couldn’t do that on it’s best day with a brand new gingerbread rom and the best overclocking kernal out there . If you like speed and performance that you can still fit in your pocket the Evo shift and the G2 are the way to go . If you like wearing hip clips lol well to each there own 🙂 . But if you love the Evo and nothing else will do . I understand . I love my shift too 🙂 .