Meet the HTC EVO 4G

Say hello to the HTC EVO 4G, a monster device with monster specifications.
Meet the HTC EVO 4G 1
According to Sprint (yes; its a CDMA device, so GSM people may pine all they like), the device delivers 4G speeds, that is ten times faster than 3G speeds. In addition, the HTC Evo will work as a hotspot for up to eight devices.

Sounds impressive.

Specifications:
Size: 122 x 66 x 13 mm
Display: 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 pixels, TFT Capacitive
Processor: 1GHz Snapdragon
Network: CDMA / 1xEV-DO rev.A; 4G WiMAX; 802.16e: 2500MMz
Integrated 4G radio with hotspot capability to share with up to eight devices
OS: Android 2.1 with New HTC Sense user interface
Camera: 8 megapixel Dual LED Autofocus camera with Digital zoom
Video Capture: 1280×720 (720p HD)
Navigation: A-GPS
3.5mm audio jack

The in-thing now seems to be monster-sized smartphones. A few years back, everyone was trying to miniaturise phones, but the touchscreen craze seems to have reversed that trend. Now, it seems, the bigger and meaner-looking, the better.

Thanks to the heads-up from Johnny.

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12 comments

  1. Will love the engineers in the house to answer this: what is/are the (dis)advantage(s) of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) over Global System of Mobile Communications (GSM)?

    From the utilitarian point of view, a CDMA does everything GSM does, or is this incorrect?

    If it is true that it is significantly costlier to setup a GSM infrastructure (licensing / hardware) compared to CDMA, y bother to go the GSM way (as a user as well as the investor/would-be player in the telecoms sector)?

  2. The HTC EVO 4G appears to be a multimedia and a feature rich Behemoth of a phone. And it is also running on the popular Android platform. My problem with the phone is that it is locked unto SPrint. And Sprint, mind you was presently the sole carrier for the palm pre. And last I heard it appears that the exclusivity deal with Sprint actually undermined the sales of the palm pre. Palm as a company is actually going down with poor sales. Sprint is not the first three Mobile phone network carrier in the US. And restricting a lovely piece of monster phone like the HTC EVO 4G to only one carrier and to add to injury, not the best carrier, may actually be its undoing!

    The HTC EVO 4G should be sold unlocked so anyone can get hold of such a beauty!

  3. @Eyebeekay

    CDMA is definitely better than GSM in many respects. The base stations handle more calls than GSM (that why multilinks and co have fewer base stations than say Zain), call quality is better, spectrum is used far more efficiently, it offers enhanced security, used to have better bandwidth (dunno of now but with this 4G stuff it looks like they are still indeed ahead)

    Unforturnately for this 4G phone, we can only drool. Its probably locked to sprint (unless Zoom Wireless do their thing) and in Nigeria one will never use the phone to its full potential (No 4G). The phone does have mean specs. I reckon it will be lovely to use.

  4. @Archie, thanks for the enlightenment!

    (Bolt Browser 2.0 released today. Sorry, but I am still unable to use the ‘Tip Us’ link successfully. The captcha is stopping me. Edit it out if necessary)

  5. @archie,

    If cdma is better, cheaper to roll out, and more efficient than GSM, why is it not more popular with operators? I believe all of them are out to make profit and would rather spend less to make more. It doesn’t make sense rolling out a more costly and less efficient network. Or am i missing out something?

  6. @EyeBeeKay, @deoladoctor,

    For one, the market is stronger for GSM than CDMA. So, its easier, more profitable, and more cost-effective to run a network that is compatible with the majority of the world’s mobile networks.

    By the time CDMA arrived on the scene, GSM had been entrenched in much of the world.

    Secondly, and what most people miss, is the fact that because of the advantages of CDMA already stated above by others, GSM technology had to embrace CDMA in some way.

    When we talk about 3G on GSM networks, we are talking about CDMA-based technology.

    3G is WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access). In WCDMA systems the CDMA air interface is combined with GSM based networks.

    This is the reason why GSM operators need a separate license to offer 3G services – its a different service from basic GSM, requires a separate network, and runs on different frequencies from standard GSM.

    By embracing WCDMA, GSM networks have embraced the specific advantages of CDMA. It is the best of both worlds. Or shall we say that the GSM guys have found a way to eat their cake and still have it.

    Cheers.

  7. @Yom
    Thanks a million. We learn new things everyday on mobilitynigeria.
    Keep up the good work.

    An offside comment: Could you believe my last post to which Yom replied did not appear after the page refreshed. I was sleepy then and promptly shut down thinking of re posting today. It was done with I.E. not opera mini.

  8. Interesting explanations. Now could we say that the future of mobile phone network technology is CDMA? And is the 4G or perhaps LTE built on the CDMA technology?

  9. Afewgoodmen,

    As 3G was a replacement of 2G, so is 4G a total replacement of 3G technology. 4G will not be based on CDMA but on new technologies.

    LTE (Long-term-evolution Advanced) has been proposed as one candidate. Mobile WiMAX too (Sprint’s so-called 4G network, on which the HTC EVO runs, is WiMAX). But in reality, both are 3G technologies. See
    LTE – Beyond HSDPA / HSUPA
    .

    Even CDMA lacks the capacity to deliver the kinds of wireless speeds that are envisaged for the future

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