updated 10:05 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011
Sprint confirms Evo Shift 4G and MiFi 4082 for CES
Sprint confirmed its expected launches for CES today with two new WiMAX devices. The HTC Evo Shift 4G is the carrier's variant on the T-Mobile G2 and shares its 3.7-inch LCD, 800MHz new generation Snapdragon and five-megapixel camera. It switches to Sprint's requisite WiMAX for 4G-level speeds and brings HTC's custom Sense UI on top of Android 2.2.
The lacks the Evo 4G or Epic 4G's front camera but is consequently the least expensive of any of Sprint's WiMAX phones, costing $150 on a two-year contract. It shares the $10 monthly surcharge for 4G data and will be available on January 9.
Novatel's first 4G router, the MiFi 4082, is arriving at the same time. The pocket router connects to the WiMAX network but also has a fallback to EVDO for its 3G. Local users also get some modernization with 802.11n Wi-Fi spread across the five users. It carries GPS and a microSDHC slot as well as a battery good for about four hours of continuous use.
The new MiFi works with Linux, Macs and Windows PCs and will cost $50 when on a data contract. Stores should start carrying the router on February 27.