Sprint is making a serious play at Apple’s iPhone 4S with the launch of the HTC EVO Design 4G, the first phone in the EVO family with full world phone capabilities.
The announcement comes less than a week after the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple’s newest mobile device and its first to include world phone capabilities. The new HTC EVO is built to be competitive. It runs on a 1.2GHz processor (compared to the 1GHz dual-core processor in the iPhone 4S), has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen and runs on Android’s Gingerbread operating system.
But the iPhone 4S beats the new EVO in one area: the camera. Much has been made of Apple’s new 8 megapixel camera. The EVO comes with a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. A 5 megapixel camera in a smartphone is nothing to sneeze at, but it shows the EVO’s priorities are on processing speed and function.
The HTC EVO Design 4G will sell for $99 with a two-year contract. (The iPhone 4S costs $199 at its lowest.)
Sprint customers can grab the new EVO phone on Oct. 23. Is the new HTC EVO a huge step forward for the EVO family? Is it trying to compete with the iPhone 4S or is it in a league of its own? Sound off in the comments.