What we have known as the HTC Flyer all along has now acquired a new identity. Its now called the HTC EVO View 4G. That’s not the only change with the 7 inch tablet as the EVO View 4G is now also sporting the Sprint logo. None of these developments should come as a surprise. Sprint has to its credit a 4G network in the United States and is making all the right moves. The HTC EVO View 4G is a shining example of that with the tablet’s 4G capability providing it a definite edge over its rivals. In fact, the HTC EVO View 4G is the world’s first WiMAX capable tablet.
Another unique aspect with the EVO View is the 3G/4G mobile hotspot function that it comes with. What this means is the user will be able to share the EVO View 4G’s internet connection with up to 8 other Wi-Fi enabled devices along with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and integrated GPS. One more aspect that stands out with the Sprint version of the HTC Flyer is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread version of operating system that the EVO View 4G is based on and not Android 2.4 as was earlier announced. In fact, Android 2.4 does not seem to be in Google’s scheme of things now. However, the EVO View won’t remain deprived of Honeycomb for long as HTC has said they are already working on the upgrade that will be available soon. Other Sprint goodies will also be part of the EVO View 4G package which includes apps such as the Blockbuster On Demand software that allows for video rentals of choice along with Sprint entertainment software, both of which come pre-loaded in the tablet.
The rest of the tablet story is pretty much the same. It’s a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels that makes up the front of the tablet. The screen itself is unique in that it is receptive to both finger as well as stylus input. The tablet is built around a single core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is coupled to a 1 GB RAM. The tablet offers on-board storage for up to 32 GB though there is also a micro SD card slot that will let one to expand storage by another 32 GB.
A 1.3 megapixel camera on the front allows for video calls while a better speced 5 megapixel auto focusing camera at the back is great for capturing 720p video. The tablet features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS, apart from of course 4G WiMAX connectivity. Other features with the EVO View 4G include an integrated light sensor, g-sensor, and a digital compass as well as a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The tablet, done up in an all-aluminum body measures 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm while weighing in at just about 15 ounces.
The price of the EVO View has yet to be made public, but will hit markets in the coming summer. However, those interested may pre-order the device as Sprint is currently accepting orders.