HTC Evo Shift 4G

We're likely just a few days away from the unveiling of the HTC Evo Shift 4G, and we're getting about the best look at it yet, courtesy of our pals at CellPhone Signal. And along with more renders (you can catch them at the source link), ol' T-Marco reportedly has the full specs. We'll skip what's in the box and bring you the highlights:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Wimax-capable
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • Dimensions: 4.63x2.3x0.47 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • 8MP camera with dual flashes
  • FM radio

Needless to say, we know of a few people who are excited about a full QWERTY slider on Sprint by a manufacturer that doesn't rhyme with "Ramrung." And it's nearly here, folks. It's nearly here. [CellPhone Signal] More in the Evo Shift 4G Forums!

 

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More official renders, specs on the new HTC Evo Shift 4G

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That completely depends on one's needs and priorities. If a physical keyboard is higher priority than a large screen, then the Evo Shift is absolutely better. For everyone else, dream of the Evo 2.

looks like a step down from the Samsung Epic! (But hopefully without the buggy Samsung file system and software, so will be easier to upgrade than the Epic, of which mine is still awaiting official Froyo; thank-goodness to the ROM'ers for ext4 and OS upgrades sooner!)

This is in no way a step-down from the epic...froyo, better processor, better camera...please explain how that's worse? I don't wanna sound mean but everyone is hating on this phone when truly if they researched its a g2 for Sprint and the g2>epic and Evo spec wise...

The camera is not better. And the screen is much smaller. To me, the screen size is very important. So to those who want the large/grand Evo screen experience, it is most certainly a step down. Not sure why some people don't understand that.

Now, if you really want/need a physical keyboard, then this phone is going to be great.

The camera is way better! Idk what your talking about, the dual LED flash.makes it 10x better then the epic. I have the evo I'm writing this with my evo & the only problem with a smaller screen is its hard to type on a small virtual keyboard but that's gonna be no problem with the qwerty keyboard! & the epic build quality feels cheap. The evos feels good almost like metal

Sorry, I thought you meant the camera was better than the [true] Evo. That's what I get for posting when I am tired :) I misread the OP as "Evo" not "Epic".

if they could have moved the home, menu, etc... buttons more towards the bottom I'm guessing this could have been a 3.9 or maybe even a 4 inch screen

If it is true that this is just a rebranded G2, Desire Z or Merge all those phone have a lot of bezel at the bottom as well. There must be something in there that prevented them from doing that.

According to many people the processor is 800mhz, but since it is a new generation it is faster. And can be over clocked to over 1.5ghz.

The front facing camera is plain to see, to the left of the earpiece. I have pointed that out since the first leaked pic. HTC puts the LED in the earpiece, not that this camera even looks like an LED.

I have not seen a dual flash on the back, looks like 1 LED back there.

Also, I am surprised it is an 8MP camera. Until now it has been stated that it would be a 5MP. Also, any confirmation whether it is a front camera or not? So far all we have is speculation.

Edit - Ahh, I see according to the site it says front camera, yay! Although, I suppose until Sprint releases the specs anything is possible.

Wow, only .02 inches thicker than a nexus one. That's like a half a millimeter. That's pretty amazing considering it has a keyboard.

Yeah, when I took their thickness measurement and compared it to a [real] Evo, it was kinda shocking they managed to keep it that thin!

eh...i'm happier with my Evo and its larger screen size.
the only way i'd get this is if HTC made it overtly clear that they had fixed any battery issue AND a gave it a higher resolution front facing camera.

The smaller screen and newer, lower clocked processor pretty much guarantee better battery life. Although we will have to wait to see how much better.

also on the source's website the other specs say it has a dual flash on the back, but when you look at the other photo's of the device, there is a photo that shows the back of it, and it doesn have a dual flash on the back. not saying the source isnt reliable but maybe those photos could be from a early build. or it could be a mistake too.....

@AnnDroid: You are so right! I have the Evo. I switched to Verizon to be on a family plan. I tried the Incredible, but couldn't handle the smaller screen. Tried the X, hated Motorola. I missed my screen, and I missed HTC. So, I opted to stay with Sprint and my Evo. The new HTC LTE from VZW might win me over. I will see what Sprint has in store. But, I am still perfectly happy with the Evo, so who knows.

I don't know what else that little dot could be other than a camera, but it just looks so small to be one. The g2's led is in the earpiece and there is not ffc. Idk what that could be..I wish my g2 had a 8mp camera

The dot is no smaller than the FFC on the [real] Evo. Yes, it is a camera. (As others have pointed out- it has a FFC in the specs. And HTC has a habit of putting the LED's hidden in the earpiece.)

FFC = good. Camera sounds great. Just need confirmation it has gorilla glass and I am all in on launch date. Seriously, if in 2011 they are selling a phone that needs an added screen protector because they didn't care enough for the consumer then = no buy.

i'd rather be safe than sorry. you can take care of your, but you can't stop the INEVITABLE from happening. i have a screen protector on my screen & i'm glad do, just in case.

Gorilla Glass, like other hardening processes makes the glass much more brittle. While it's great to protect against scratches, it also increases the chance that the screen will shatter or break if dropped.

Choice -- get the one that suits you best.

That dot that is the FFC on this phone is the same size as the one on the Evo. It's there. Accept it! : )

Why can't HTC put 8gb built in, god my wifes Evo is so low on built in memory thanks to Google not Forcing apps2sd on the devs. With apps and games up to 10mb they need to start doing something about that. Until HTC put in at lease 8gb into there next gen Sprint phone I sure won't be buying another one.

The ROM is what you're worried about. The 8gb of internal memory in the Verizon Incredible is basically just a memory card, it doesn't store apps to it unless the application has apps2sd support built in. I've got 100 applications on my Evo and it pisses me off when they automatically move to my sd card. I still have 100mb of internal free, might as well keep everything internal to keep performance up.

HTC Sense working in landscape mode on home screen? My EVO wouldn't do that...maybe HTC finally listened to us? Nah just Photoshop prolly lol.

cool cant wait to see the first hands on video. Nice pic of the phone too. A 4" screen would have been nice though like the Epics.

Looks pretty neat, but I see some empty space below the Android keys and at the edges of the keyboard that HTC Could've used to make this phone's screen 3.8". Other than that, though, this phone looks amazing!

It would be as big as the Evo and Epic if it had a 4" screen.
The Epic is actually bigger than the Evo, even though the Evo has the bigger screen.

>"It would be as big as the Evo and Epic if it had a 4" screen."

And that is a bad thing? Again, it depends on what you want. Just because you might want a physical keyboard doesn't mean you necessarily want a smaller phone & smaller display.

True. However, you have the Epic for that. I think this phone is geared toward people that want a smaller phone. It just happens to have a keyboard.

If your Evo is running out of internal memory, you have waaaaaaaay too damn many apps installed. Just sayin.

Probably. But also there is the option for many apps to be stored on the SD card... so take that option!

According to speed tests done, even with Froyo this processor is slower than the Hummingbird. Howeer, the numbers are so close and HTC's phone are programmed better, so I'm gonna trade my Epic for this when I get a chance and find someone on Craigslist. This is my first Samsung device, so I learned my lesson on their aweful support. The only phone I'd purchase from them now is a strictly Google phone like the Nexus S

I really like where HTC is headed. They're taking the 1 on every carrier strategy that Sammy did, but to the next level. A top notch 3.7 slider on multiple carriers, G2, Evo Shift, and Merge and full screen 4.3 inchers, Evo, Thunderbolt. I expect we'll see more in the next 6 months. They're really wanting the king of Android handsets title.

Nice catch. Probably doesn't mean anything, and just the marketing people torturing all the people on the web dying for info :p

HTC and Sprint did a great job keeping this one a bit of a mystery for a while.

Considering the weight listed in the specs, its going to be plastic built and many of you are going to complain about it feeling cheap. =]
The keyboard is one of the ugliest i have seen on a phone, oh well as long as its practical.

Who decided to break up the materials used for the speaker and the rest of the front fascia?! Ruins the whole look for me...Oh well, I love my EVO!