HTC 'glasses-free' 3D smartphone, 4G tablet coming June 24 to Sprint

The 7-inch HTC Evo View tablet includes a digital pen and will upgrade to Honeycomb, while the Evo 3D smartphone offers a high-end processor and battery

Sprint announced Monday that its first 4G tablet device in the U.S., as well as the new HTC Evo 3D smartphone that provides 3D viewing without special glasses, will be available on June 24.

The new 7-inch HTC Evo View 4G tablet will sell for $399.99 and the new Evo 3D smartphone, with a 4.3-inch 3D display, will cost half as much -- $199.99.

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Both devices require two-year service agreements from Sprint, which uses WiMax technology for its 4G network.

Sprint's WiMax network, now available in 71 cities in 28 states, runs at average advertised download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps.

Both new devices run Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. The tablet will be updated to Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, at an undisclosed later date.

The View tablet enters a market that's dominated by the 9.7-inch iPad and iPad 2, and also includes several Android-based tablets, including the 7-inch Galaxy Tab.

The View's 4G speed advantage could be used to run multimedia applications and for browsing Flash-ready sites, as well as for viewing what Sprint calls "HD-like" video. The carrier's 4G WiMax network is said to be 10 times faster than 3G.

The View has a 1.5 Snapdragon processor and the HTC Sense interface. Sprint's spec sheet describes the View having 32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot to double that amount. It also has a 4000 mAh lithium-polymer battery, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

The spec sheet also notes that the View tablet supports Sprint's Mobile Wallet technology, but offers no other details on that feature.

The View's data rate plans start at $34.99 a month for 3GB of 3G data, and unlimited 4G data while on the Sprint network. A 3G-only plan is available as well.

The View comes with an HTC Scribe digital pen for writing on the touchscreen and annotating documents. The digital pen is free with the purchase of a two-year agreement and $79.99 without one.

Sprint announced the Evo 3D smartphone and the View tablet in March at the CTIA conference. It provided a demonstration of the View's pen-touch capability in a video.

Sprint will charge $2.99 per day or $10 per month for GPS navigation on the View tablet. The device can be used as a hotspot for up to eight Wi-Fi-ready devices for $29.99 per month.

The glasses-free Evo 3D runs a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon dual core processor, putting it at the top end of processing power for today's smartphones. It has dual 5 megapixel cameras on the rear, making it possible to capture 3D images and videos.

A Sprint Evo 3D spec sheet shows that it has a stronger lithium ion battery than many smartphones in the market, at 1730 mAH. It includes 4G of internal storage and a micros SD card slot that can expand that capability to 32 GB.

Sprint offers the Evo 3D service for $79.99 a moth, which includes a $10 data add-on charge for smartphones. Mobile hotspot capability is the same as for the View -- $29.99 a month for up to eight Wi-Fi-ready devices.

Customers can order either device in advance with the purchase of a $50 gift card per device. Sales of the Evo 3D for Sprint Premier customers begins June 21, three days before it's available to other customers.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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