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Breaking: Sprint to release HTC EVO 4G June 13th

According to multiple sources, I can finally say with eighty percent certainty that the Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be launching June 13th, 2010. As for what is 100% certain is that the phone will launch in June and that there will be no extra charge for basic 4G access. Wireless eight person Hot-Spot service will cost extra, rightfully so on 4G and will not have a data cap or be throttled.

The final piece of the puzzle I do not have for you yet is how much the device will cost, with full subsidies for new subscribers. There have been rumors of $199 after all Sprint mail in rebates, but I can not confirm this just yet. The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is launching this May 23rd, at $199 after all M.I.R. are accounted for, so either Sprint will reduce the Bold (very unlikely as RIM devices have long been a Sprint staple) pricing after three weeks, or because of the sales strength of the Tour and now its successor, keep it at $199 and have it go up against the EVO at the same, static price point. This is really the big story for me in all of this, as how can a two-year old phone (technology wise) be sold for the same price as the latest and greatest?

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Nexus One undergoes 3D benchmark test using Qualcomm’s Neocore

Card view 'borrowed' from webOS in Android 2.1?

So, while you are probably hyped out on ‘the Google phone’ rumors (anyone remember 2007 along with a certain fruit?), here comes some pretty neat video insomuch as it not only shows the UI in action but a glimpse of the devices internal metric prowess. There were originally two videos posted, this one I’m presenting and another 10 minute version, but it looks like it got nabbed for DMCA & thus taken down already.

While this is a neat device and as a new Android owner I am excited about all things Droid, do I really think this phone will cause folks to rush out and sign up with T-Mobile? The answer is ‘No’, not because the big magenta T isn’t great, but all of the carriers will soon have flagship Droid devices and thats really the point of Android! To foster and innovate numerous handsets and software across the mobile hardware spectrum, the antithesis to Apples closed development model, to make a truly Open Handset Alliance. And I think this phone will do a fine job building off of the Hero & Droids momentum!

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