OK guys, we have yet another official device announcement for you and this one will be heading to Sprint. The HTC EVO Design 4G has just been announced and it will come in at a reasonably priced $100. This new 4G phone was leaked last month and now we have an official release date of October 23rd on the Now Network.
The EVO Design 4G definitely has a great price point, but for you high-end aficionados, the specs might leave a little to be desired.
- Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
- HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
- Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
- 1.2GHz single-core processor
- 768MB RAM
- 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
- Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
- World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
- Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Last week, we told you about Motorola’s announcement of the 10.1″ Lapdock 100 which is the successor to the Atrix 4G’s Lapdock accessory. The cool thing about this new Lapdock is that it works with multiple devices and multiple carriers. Relying on a cable for connectivity instead of a dock, the Lapdock 100 becomes much more versatile than its predecessor and allows for use on future devices as well. Currently the Lapdock 100 will work with AT&T’s Atrix line, Verizon’s Droid Bionic, and the Photon 4G for Sprint.
Motorola said that AT&T was supposed to release their version of the Lapdock 100 on Oct. 17th but for some reason it is still nowhere to be seen, we have yet to see a price point either. A Sprint employee email recently outed October 21st as the release date for Sprint’s version of the Lapdock (see image above). That is this coming Friday so lets hope the wait is almost over. If it is priced anywhere near the Atrix 4G’s Lapdock, it wont be cheap.
The one thing holding me back from using my Google Voice account exclusively is the lack of MMS support. Sure, others with smartphones can just e-mail photos, but it never seems to work out that way. Yesterday, Google officially announced they have made a first step toward bringing this feature to its GV users. At the moment, only Sprint users are able to send MMS messages and to receive them you’ll have to turn on “enable text to e-mail forwarding” in your GV settings. Google is working on getting this to work with other carriers and getting the MMS messages to show up in the GV inbox, but this is a huge step forward. Most of us have been waiting for this since GV launched and may help to ditch using our main numbers all together. Stay tuned for more detailed information as it comes. Who’s excited?
Hey Photon owners, if you haven’t recived it yet, be on the lookout for a hefty OTA maintenance upgrade. Besides a slew of general fixes and enhancements, you’re also getting Google Talk with video, compatibility support for the Lapdock 100, a fix for your proximity sensor and more. The build is 45.3.6.en.US. Sprint is likely staggering the update but it should turn up in your available updates soon.
Motorola Mobility has announced the LAPDOCK 100, a new companion device for webtop-enabled smartphones. Seen through a 10.1-inch screen and weighing in at 2.2 pounds, you’ll be able to easily take this on the go. Currently compatible with the Motorola ATRIX 2, PHOTON 4G, and DROID BIONIC, it will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices. No pricing is available, but AT&T will have the new LAPDOCK on 10/17 with Verizon and Sprint to see it later this year. Hit up the break for the full press release. Anyone have any comments on webtop-enabled smartphones in general?
A few weeks back we brought you leaked info on Sprint’s upcoming Direct Connect phone, the Motorola Admiral. Bringing back “push-to-talk” technology, Moto’s Admiral has once again stepped out long enough for an unofficial photo op.
With its physical keyboard on the front, the Admiral is said to house a 1.2 GHz single core Qualcomm processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The VGA touchscreen display measures in at 3.1″ allowing enough room for the four-row QWERTY keyboard. Photos and 720p HD videos can be taken with its 5MP camera and all can be stored within the MicroSD card slot capable of up to 32GB of storage space. All this and more comes with the Admiral, a device built within military specifications, able to withstand dust, shock, and solar radiation! We haven’t received pricing or availability but you will be the first to know as soon as we hear more.
Is this the Android powered Blackberry replacement you have been waiting for? Let us know in the comment field below.
At Sprint’s Network Vision announcement, yesterday, the carrier detailed their transistion plans in effort toward 4G LTE. Sprint will begin the transition by shutting down its iDEN network, which is used to fascilitate push-to-talk for their Nextel brand. iDen is currently utilizing the 800MHz spectrum so Sprint is hoping to have those customers moved to its CDMA push-to-talk network by 2013. Before iDEN goes down, however, Sprint will launch LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum. This launch is targeted for mid-2012 with expectations of completion in 2013. In addition to these bands, Sprint has also partnered with LightSquared to use their 1600MHz band. As of yet, LightSquared’s network has yet to have been approved by the FCC. Sprint expects to cover 120 million residents with LTE in 2012, with 250 million covered by the end of 2013.
Epic 4G Touch owners on the Sprint network are reporting connectivity problems such as an abundance of dropped calls and slow-crawling data speeds. This comes just weeks after reports of unexpected force-closes with its calendar app and the inability to keep 4G hotspot connections while taking phone calls. The exact cause for these newest problems is unknown, though whether it be hardware, software or some “ware” in between, both Samsung and Sprint confirm they are working on a solution and may be able to provide a fix in as little as a couple weeks.
Have you experienced any of these or other connectivity problems with your Epic 4G Touch? Leave us a comment below.
Sprint has announced that they will launch their new push-to-talk service Direct Connect on October 2nd. Direct Connect will use Sprint’s 3G network, as opposed to the old iDEN network that made the (Sprint-owned) Nextel push-to-talk devices so popular. The rollout will be tempered, though is expected provide as much as triple the coverage of iDEN by 2012.
In addition to the instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling you would expect, other features will include:
- Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
- Group Connect – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
- NextMail– Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
Sprint mentions both the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore as compatible upcoming Direct Connect devices, noticeably omitting the officially unannounced Motorola Admiral that showed up last week by mistake in a YouTube video from the company. Once they get their act together on that one, it is also likely to be announced that it will feature the Direct Connect features too.
Hit the break to read Sprint’s press release.
Everyone is wondering when Sprint is going to drop their unlimited data plans, but don’t look for any changes now. Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye says there are no plans to change anything.
“There’s clearly a cost to support unlimited,” Bye said, but added that not every unlimited subscriber is a high data user and billing is simpler and more efficient without tiers.
In other positive news, Sprint plans on launching its LTE network in early 2012. They are already installing LTE equipment and field testing in select areas. They hope to launch commercial service by the end of the 1st quarter, but hopeful the target could move up.
This project is expected to cost $4 billion to $5 billion over the next three to five years, but over a seven-year period they will save between $10 billion and $11 billion.
If Sprint can keep unlimited going along with LTE, things could get very interesting.
[via cnet / cnet]