When the HTC HD2 was launched, many were left wondering why HTC did not choose Android as the platform for its release and went for Windows Mobile 6.5, which looked outdated even though it was the latest Windows Mobile option back then. HTC, however, did a great job of masking the HD2's Windows Mobile origins with the intelligent use of its custom Sense UI all over the phone. However, there were areas where the unmistakable Windows effect was seen - deep inside the menu.
Anyway, fast forward to a couple of months and just as most of us had thought, HTC was not interested in "throwing away" the chance they had with a phone like the HD2 in making a very compelling Android based device. This is exactly why we are now seeing HTC's latest Android based wonder, the EVO 4G. The EVO 4G looks quite similar to the HD2 and we would not hesitate to say that it is based on the HD2. The features on this phone are similar to that you'd see on the HD2 - right from the 4.3 inch screen to the snappy 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. However, there are some notable extras. First off, this is probably the only mobile phone out there, which comes with an HDMI port! It is also the world's first handset that supports Wimax.
Like with the HD2, the EVO 4G comes with HTC's Sense UI - albeit an updated version. It comes with a preloaded YouTube application and thanks to the large screen and the fast processor, it can play high quality videos with ease. The EVO 4G has an 8 megapixel camera at the rear - apart from a 1.3 megapixel front camera - for video calling purposes. It supports HD video recording at 720p and comes with 1GB ROM and 512 MB of RAM. There is a kickstand - like the ones you see on select Nokia N-Series devices at the rear. The phone is wireless ready with Bluetooth 2.1 (not 3.0!) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
When launched, it will come with an 8GB microSD. You can always expand the memory to up to 32 GB now that 32GB microSD cards are now available.
Currently, it seems the EVO 4G is headed only for the Sprint network in U.S. later this year. There is no word about the price or if HTC plans to release this on elsewhere globally. We opine that there is no reason why HTC should not release this handset elsewhere because what you are looking at right now might just be the phone with the most advanced hardware specs - so far.