HTC Evo Shift 4G

The day some of us here have been waiting for has finally arrived. Yes, Sprint and HTC have announced the HTC Evo Shift 4G in all it's glory. The HTC EVO Shift 4G will be available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99 as was rumored previously. A short run through of the specs is listed below:

  • Android 2.2
  • 5MP autofocus camera and 720p HD camcorder.
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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.
  • Sprint Mobile Hotspot (supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices)
  • Android Market with access to more than 100,000 apps
  • Messaging – Personal and business e-mail, IM and text messaging
  • Social Networking Integration – Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more
    Visual Voicemail
  • Google Mobile Services, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Voice and Google Maps
  • GPS Navigation
  • Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card)

You can find the full specs here. As well, be sure to check out HTC Evo Shift 4G device gallery. Be sure to join us in the forums for more discussion, full press release is after the break.

HTC EVO Shift™ 4G
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 (800x480) 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.

Reader comments

HTC Evo Shift 4G official, available Jan. 9 for 149.99


It's amazing how Sprint has 2 Horizontal keyboard high end Android devices to go with all of their other Android phones compared to AT&T's dismal lineup...........

That's the same as the Evo and it is $50 more than the Shift on contract which means $400 should be the price at least through Sprint.

What is an accelerometer used for in a phone? That's what the little hole is.

Maybe it's to measure the speed at which I punch someone if I have my phone in my hand ;)

Why would an accelerometer need a hole? It's measuring acceleration, not wind speed. 99% of android phones have accelerometers (aka orientation sensors) without extra holes.

I tell you what, it certainly looks like a FFC! This would have been great for my wife if it did because she needs a keyboard and then we both could have been in the Evo family. I hope they shock me with that announcement at the CES. Wouldn't that be great! I have to say that I am a little jealous that it will get to sport the new HTC Sense according to the article.

With less not more than the original EVO its just an option with a real keyboard not the EVO's replacement IMO. Not bad phone.

If not interested in a keyboard then wait for the Evo 2 if you want "more" than just missing features, a slightly faster processor and a MUCH smaller screen.

The Shift is about having a keyboard... plain and simple.

I don't need a front facing camera... I have no intention of holding my arm out and talking to people, nor am I a MySpace whore.

What I don't understand is why they dropped the Snapdragon processor that I thought was in the Original Evo?? -200Mhz is a pretty big hit for a device that's supposed to last me the next couple of years.

O..M...G . . . if you've been paying attention for the last 3months you would know that this processor at 800mhz (same as the G2) is more efficient and just as fast as the 1GZ Proc

I really haven't been paying attention for 3 months, since I was planning on picking up a Windows Phone 7 device before this little thing caught my eye. I've been due for contract renewal and a discount phone since September 1st... just waiting for a decent device!

It'll sure beat my HTC Vogue running Gingerbread AOSP / NuVogue WinMo 6.5.

I seem to get 7Mb/s on Sprint's 4G (when I travel into an area that HAS it, which is not where I live, unfortunately).

Jeepzoor, your 3G on Verizon does not average 3. That's a bit over EVDO's peak. Your average would be around 1.5. To average 3, the speed would have to be able to surpass that...and it can't.

"That's a front facing camera! I see it I see it! Speaker grill! Dooohhh led!" Finally people can shut up about it...

I know for the average consumer this may not help but for those who want to there is always rooting and installing custom roms which will allow you to overclock this to 1ghz or higher easily. The advantage of keeping it clocked lower though is better battery life.

Boo Sprint! No front camera and downgrading other specs that were rumored to be in it. No sale. Hopefully CES brings a device that will be worth buying!

This is sort of random, but don't shoot me down here. There is a little extra space below the buttons..what if that is like a touch sensitive area that when swipped up or down, left or right can be used as a dpad? There isn't any type of sensor visible so maybe that's possible? That'd be awesome. sort of like a magic mouse for a macbook.

WOW that is so stupid......LOL...nah im jusy playin HEHE.,..yeah that would be left wondering also why they would alow such a big space underneath the keys like that. but that would be a really cool idea though

So since there's no FFC, guess it's back to the drawing board. Anyone know any more leaks on what may be coming after this with a slider keyboard and FFC??

It seems at this point there's no FFC which would be a shame. As instrumental as the Evo has been for sprint I kinda wish this phone had a different name lol. BUT, as a Rooted Evo owner myself I'm thrilled this phone is coming out for 2 very specific reasons. #1 Developers will now be able to make a Sense HD rom with working 4G. and #2 the option of having landscape sense througout my Evo so when it's on the kickstand the orientation on any screen is correct. Dev's RIP THIS THING APART!!! LOL

65,000 colors really htc? with all these super lcd and amoled screens you use the screen of the first android phone for this great device? the g2 has a super lcd! smh I'll pass

the evo shift launches january 6 for reward zone members and january 7 for everyone else at best buy. Pre orders started yesterday.