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HTC passed a device known as the PD98100 through the FCC today. As with most confidential FCC filings, FCC documents for the PD98100 don’t disclose much more than the outline of the device and pictures of it’s label, above.
However, the device’s label does look suspiciously like the label on the HTC Desire HD, aka Ace. The Desire HD is the version of the HTC EVO 4G for the rest of the world, and the device is expected to launch in Europe and Asia in October. Today’s FCC filing does give us hope that we may see the Desire HD on US shores, although test reports for the device do not show support for US WCDMA bands at this point.
My, it has been a busy Friday for HTC. Earlier today, the company released an early build of the Froyo update for the HTC EVO 4G through a download link on HTC’s website. However, HTC quickly killed the download link, apparently because this Froyo update was not final.
While HTC’s link to the Froyo update is now dead, you can still download the update from a number of mirrors online, like this one. Again, update with this ROM at your own risk – it’s not final.
This update brings a number of new features, including the ability to use the EVO’s camera LED as a flashlight, the ability to use the LED flash with the video camera, Flash 10.1 support, and the ability to share applications.
If you don’t want to test the waters with this update, you can just wait until Tuesday, when the official Froyo update from HTC will go live.
Source: Android Police
Want to stick out from the HTC EVO 4G crowd? Head over to Best Buy. The retailer is now accepting preorders for a white HTC EVO 4G. All you need to do is put down a $50 deposit and wait till July 11, when the phone launches.
On Monday, Sprint issued a press release stating that “the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”
Well, it turns out those figures weren’t quite right. Today, Sprint updated its original press release, saying “We inadvertently erred in the comparison. The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”
Those sales figures are still quite good – they’re just a third of the sales originally reported.
BTIG Analyst Walter Piecyk estimates that Sprint sold 150,000 EVO 4Gs during the device’s launch weekend. However, since the EVO 4G is now in short supply with most stores sold out nationwide, BTIG doesn’t expect sales of the phone to increase significantly this week.
The weekend of the HTC EVO 4G has passed, and it appears to have been a very successful launch for Sprint – at least in terms of device sales. A press release issued by Sprint today reports that the EVO 4G broke sales records for Sprint on launch day.
According to Sprint, “Friday sales of HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day every for Sprint.” The company also notes, that the total number of units sold on launch day was “three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”
The EVO 4G was available at 22,000 locations nationwide, including Sprint’s retail stores, Radio Shack, Best Buy and Walmart. The phone quickly sold out in most locations nationwide, although Sprint claims that it’s working with HTC to “increase inventory in all sales channels.” Many stores, according to Sprint, are receiving new EVO 4G shipments on a daily basis.
Despite record sales figures, Sprint did suffer from a number of issues during launch day. I personally experienced a two hour wait as Radio Shack attempted to activate my EVO 4G on Sprint’s overloaded device activation system. Later that day, Sprint stores in the Bay Area went completely offline, and were unable to process any sales transactions. I couldn’t even purchase a case for the EVO 4G – Sprint reps told me they expected their systems to come back online in a few hours.
Speaking of accessories, there wasn’t much selection available on launch day. Sprint only had a few cases available, none of which were particularly exciting. Best Buy had a Seido Platinum case available as well, although most of the stores we visited were sold out of all colors except purple. The HDMI car and desktop docks for the EVO 4G were not available either. Sprint representatives gave a July timeframe for the release of these accessories, although no firm release date was available.
Our sister site iGear360 has reviewed several cases for the EVO 4G. Check them out here.
The Qik app for the EVO 4G also suffered from high demand for the device. According to CNET, the Qik app was initially unavailable in the Android Market, and when the app was finally available for download Qik’s servers were hit with 20x the normal workload. This caused connectivity issues for Qik users, forcing the company to pull the app until additional server capacity was added.
Although it was a rough weekend for some EVO 4G owners, reviews of the device have been generally positive. As far as we can tell, there were no major issues with the EVO 4G, although HTC did issue a firmware update for the EVO 4G on launch day that fixed memory card recognition issues.