On the cusp of the 2011 CES, Sprint has unveiled its third WiMax smartphone, the HTC EVO Shift 4G. The announcement comes ahead of Verizon's big push into the 4G smartphone market. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse commented:
Sprint will continue to set the bar for feature-rich and customer-friendly 4G devices into 2011 Our proven leadership as a 4G pioneer has allowed our customers to enjoy 4G from Sprint first, and these new products exemplify Sprint's commitment to put industry-leading performance and capabilities in the hands of our customers.
The handset runs Android 2.2, is equipped with a 3.6-inch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with 720 HD video recording, Wi-Fi and the ability to share a WiMAX connection with up to eight WiFi-enabled devices. Sprint will launch the device on Jan. 9 for $149.99, the cheapest price tag for any 4G phone to date, according to International Business Times. JR Raphael offers a thorough comparison of the EVO Shift 4G and its predecessor, the EVO 4G, over at PC World.