With little choice but to press ahead in what promises to be a weird year for the wireless industry, Sprint (NYSE: S) introduced two new Evo devices in hopes of keeping existing customers on board and perhaps picking up a few new ones. The Evo 3D phone and Evo View tablet are Sprint’s latest two 4G devices, and both will be available this summe
CEO Dan Hesse, fresh off his morning sparring session with his wireless industry counterparts over the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, introduced the two new devices at a press conference held on the sidelines of CTIA Wireless. Both are Android devices, and represent interesting gambits in mobile differentiation.
First of all, the Evo 3D is just that, a 3D mobile phone. It uses a qHD display that can generate 3D images that can be seen without having to wear the awkward glasses that have derailed the march of 3D into the living room. It runs Android 2.3, which will improve battery life on Evo devices, and it has a dual-core Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) processor that runs faster than other dual-core Qualcomm chips out there in the market, said Fared Adib, head of product development for Sprint.
The Evo View tablet appeared to be just another Android tablet, along the lines of the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs introduced earlier in the day as well as the currently available Motorola (NYSE: MMI) Xoom. However, it only runs Android 2.3, not the 3.0 Honeycomb release found on the new Galaxy Tabs and the Xoom, and it won’t get 3.0 “until it’s ready,” Adib said without elborating. Sprint and Evo manufacturer HTC also did not release pricing information for the tablet, making it unclear exactly how it stacks up against the competition in the nascent Android tablet market.
Instead, Sprint highlighted the HTC Scribe pen for drawing or taking notes on the tablet. The Evo View is essentially a carbon copy of the HTC Flyer tablet that was introduced at Mobile World Congress for the GSM 3G standard with the Scribe pen, except it will run on Sprint’s network.