Yesterday, we learned that the HTC EVO 3D will be released by Sprint on June 24th, and today the device made its first appearance on the FCC. FCC filings confirm support for CDMA/EvDO 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WiMAX, Bluetooth and WiFi. The EVO 3D is known as the PG86100 in FCC filings, as you can see from the device’s label picture, above.
Interestingly, HTC also published the full schematics for the EVO 3D, which you can view by clicking here, then selecting “Schematic”. A few notable chips outlined in the schematics include:
eMMC + LPDDR2 SDRAM (no manufacturer listed)
Silicon Image SiI9244BO (HDMI)
Atmel mXT224c12 touch screen sensor
Sequans SQN1210 WiMAX Soc
TI TLV320AIC3254 Audio CODEC
TI TPA2051D3 Audio Subsystem
TI TPS65200YFFR (?)
Broadcom BCM4329 802.11n/Bluetooth transceiver
While the schematics don’t reveal anything new, it is quite fascinating to take a look at the internals of the EVO 3D.
Sprint’s EVO Shift 4G is the company’s second 4G WiMAX phone from HTC. Although the device shares HTC’s EVO branding, the Shift 4G features a smaller 3.6-inch screen, sliding landscape QWERTY keypad and a low $150 price tag. Other features include 2GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, a Qualcomm 800MHz processor, 5MP rear camera, WiFi and Bluetooth.
The EVO Shift 4G was launched by Sprint on January 9th, 2011, and today internal pictures of the device were published by the FCC. We’ve seen other teardowns of the Shift 4G from sites such as iFixit, but the FCC photos give us a good close-up view of the device’s processors, including Qualcomm power management and RF subsystem chips, Samsung K4X SDRAM, Sandisk iNAND Flash memory, and a WiMAX processor from Sequans. Check out the full gallery below.
BGR reported today that the Motorola XOOM is definitely headed Sprint’s way. The site has received confirmation from multiple sources that the XOOM will be hitting Sprint very soon, with cases for the device already arriving in Sprint stores.
Better yet, the Sprint XOOM will support the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network. That means the Sprint XOOM may be the first version of the XOOM to get 4G. Verizon users will need to wait until May until their XOOMs can be upgraded to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Sprint has yet to announce a release date for the XOOM, but judging by the arrival of XOOM accessories it appears that the device will be launching very soon. Hopefully, Motorola and Sprint have learned from the Verizon XOOM launch, and will sell the XOOM at a more reasonable price point than the $800 Verizon XOOM.
Sprint’s version of the Samsung Nexus S, also known as the SPH-D720, made an appearance on the FCC yesterday. Dubbed the Nexus S 4G, the device supports CDMA/EvDO 850 and 1900 bands, and offers WiMAX 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC. Other than support for WiMAX and CDMA/EvDO, the Nexus S 4G is identical to the original Nexus S, which launched on T-Mobile last December with a 4-inch screen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, front and rear cameras, and 16GB of internal memory.
Sprint plans to launch the Nexus S 4G this Spring, although an exact release date has not yet been announced. The device will cost $200 with a two year contract. You can preorder the Nexus S 4G here.
Last week analyst firm BTIG reported that Verizon’s 4G LTE network handily beat Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network in a series of 1,000 speed tests. Not surprisingly, Sprint disputes the results of BTIG’s tests. In a message to BGR, Sprint notes that “The Verizon 4G LTE network is very new so no one has any fully time-tested data on it yet.” The company goes on to state that, “As their [Verizon’s] network gets loaded and more than just one smartphone comes forward on their network (zinger!), we can better access its capabilities.” Sprint also states that its seen speeds average 4 to 5Mbps on its 4G WiMAX network in New York City, where BTIG’s test were performed.
It’s nice to see Sprint take a few not-so-subtle digs at Verizon. It is true, after all, that Sprint has several 4G devices available, while Verizon currently only offers the HTC ThunderBolt and a handful of LTE wireless data modems. Sprint’s network is also over two years old, so the installed base of Sprint 4G devices is likely much higher than Verizon’s.
Still, it’s unclear why BTIG’s data shows such a wide disparity between Verizon’s and Sprint’s 4G speeds. Assuming the data was not just faked, we have to wonder why Sprint’s 4G network appears to be so darn slow. Hopefully, another independent speed test will be released to either validate or dispute these figures.
Analyst firm BTIG has been busy testing Verizon and Sprint 4G networks. The company ran a total of 1,000 speed tests using an HTC ThunderBolt and HTC EVO 4G connected to an iPad 2 and laptop via WiFi hotspot, and the results aren’t even close.
As you can see in the table above, Verizon’s LTE network bested Sprint’s WiMAX network in both upload and download speeds by a significant margin. In fact, Sprint’s upload speeds were downright disappointing, never eclipsing the 1Mbps mark.
Now keep in mind that this test isn’t exactly apples to apples. Sprint’s network has been around for a couple years and the company currently offers several 4G devices. Verizon, on the other hand, only recently launched its first 4G phone, along with a couple 4G modems. Additionally, all 1,000 speed tests were conducted in New York, it’s possible that Sprint’s WiMAX network may be faster in other regions.
Still, you can’t help but be impressed at the impressive speed of Verizon’s 4G LTE network compared to Sprint’s WiMAX network.