With all the excitement about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0, we’d like to remind you that other manufacturers are still working hard to roll out their latest handsets as well. Sprint and HTC announced this morning that the HTC EVO Design 4G will hit store shelves on October 23 for just $ 99.99 (after $ 50 mail-in rebate) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. While the EVO Design 4G may sound like just another WiMax enabled phone, it’s the first EVO device to feature global roaming capabilities with its CDMA dual-band EVDO, WiMAX, HSPA/UMTS and GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity options.

The EVO Design 4G’s 1.2 GHz processor, 4-inch qHD display, 5MP and 1.3MP rear and front-facing cameras and Android 2.3 with HTC Sense may not be considered cutting edge these days, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any other phone with those specs for less than $ 200 on any carrier. The HTC EVO Design 4G won’t be giving the HTC EVO 3D a run for its money, but we suspect the price of the phone will make it a very attractive addition to Sprint’s current Android lineup.

HTC EVO Design 4G spec highlights

  • Qualcomm MSM8655, 1.2 GHz + SQN 1210
  • Android Gingerbread w/HTC Sense 3.0
  • 768MB RAM, 8 GB card included
  • 4.8” x 2.4” x .47” (LxWxT)
  • 5.2 ounces (with battery)
  • 4.0” (diagonal) WVGA (960×540)
  • 1520mAh LiIo
  • Capacitive touch screen with multi-touch capability
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Digital compass, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor
  • CDMA dual-band EVDO + WiMAX +
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with auto focus support
  • 1.3 megapixels front camera for Qik HD video chatting

The HTC EVO Design 4G isn’t the next Nexus device, of course, and probably won’t be getting Android 4.0 until late in Q1 of 2012. That being said, HTC has put together a pretty decent device that will sell for nearly $ 200 less than certain handsets on Verizon and T-Mobile’s networks. Is it really all about specs? Or do any of you still think a phone is worthy of your affection simply based on price?

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Sprint Expands Award-Winning HTC EVO Family with HTC EVO Design 4G, First EVO with World Phone Capabilities

HTC EVO Design 4G debuts Oct. 23 for less than $ 100 – offering high-end 4G capabilities at an easily affordable price

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & SEATTLE – Oct. 19, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) continues the award-winning HTC EVO™ family legacy with the addition of HTC EVO Design 4G™, the first EVO family member touting World Phone capabilities. HTC EVO Design 4G boasts many of the “must-have” features of its predecessors, including Sprint 4G and a large touchscreen display, while sporting a slim, pocket-friendly aluminum unibody design at an easily affordable price.

HTC EVO Design 4G goes on sale Oct. 23 for just $ 99.99 (excluding taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $ 50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. It will be available in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web Sales ( and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

“Priced at under $ 100, HTC EVO Design 4G is the perfect device for consumers looking for both the benefits of 4G and the latest in device style,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “When matched with one of the Sprint Everything Data plans, our customers will unlock the value of unlimited without worrying about the cost or surprises on their monthly bill.”

Designed for customers who want to stay connected and be entertained, HTC EVO Design 4G combines the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience with a stylish and robust feature set to make the 4G experience more accessible than ever. Other key features include:

  • Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed  to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n capable

“With HTC and Sprint working together, the smash-hit HTC EVO 4G introduced the world to the possibilities of 4G,” said Martin Fichter, vice president product management, HTC Americas. “With the introduction of the fifth addition to the EVO family – HTC EVO Design 4G – HTC is expanding its diverse portfolio of 4G smartphones on Sprint’s powerful 4G network.”

HTC EVO Design 4G requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans plus a required $ 10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $ 69.99 per month plus required $ 10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $ 40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $ 10 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $ 29.99 per month and supports up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously2. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

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