HTC Evo 4G, Next-gen network hopes dashed

The HTC Evo 4G Android phone, the rumoured HTC Supersonic, has been made official, and it’s the new mac daddy of Android all right. It’s undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone ever made, in no small part thanks to its WiMAX 4G download speeds. However, we bear bad news too for anyone in Britain who’s been holding out for an Android HTC HD2. HTC has revealed to us that it’s not coming to the UK or Europe.

Although the design of the Android 2.1 HTC Evo 4G clearly echoes the HTC HD2 with its massive 4.3-inch WVGA screen and Snapdragon CPU, it’s actually got even more gear stuffed inside. There’s now a kickstand, an eight megapixel camera that shoots 720p HD video, 1GB of storage, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and even an HDMI port to plug in to your TV.

But the jewel in the crown is WiMAX: the HTC Evo 4G can connect to Sprint’s 4G network in the US for speeds HSDPA phones can only dream of. It can even act as a mobile hotspot and provide mobile broadband connections for up to eight other Wi-Fi gadgets.

Read our HTC HD2 review now

But that 4G and CDMA mobile connection on the HTC Evo 4G spells bad news for anyone in Europe. We contacted HTC to find out if a similar model with GSM 3G was planned for the UK, and a spokesperson told us that “There are no current plans for this handset to be available in Europe.”

We’re gutted that we won’t be getting hold of the HTC Evo 4G soon, and with WiMAX networks so thin on the ground in the UK, it’s not clear when that will change. Still, take solace in just what HTC is now capable of while we nurse our wounds. O2, can you hurry that 4G network along now please?

Out TBC | £TBC | HTC

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