4G is spreading, and Sprint/Clearwire have both announced new WiMAX coverage in Central Pennsylvania. The extended network - which promises data speeds of 3-6mbps - now covers Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster and York, and service will be available both from Sprint and Clearwire. That's good news if you live there and have been eyeing the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 4G, the WiMAX-toting Android smartphone due later this year.
So, you're tempted by Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and frankly who can blame you? If our all-too-brief hands-on play with the WiMAX-packing Android 2.1 smartphone taught us anything, it's that HTC have taken the best of the HD2, slapped on an arguably more alluring OS and created the sort of superphone we scoffed at Google for describing the Nexus One as. Plenty has been made of Sprint's 4G promises, but that got us wondering: exactly who will get to enjoy the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity?
Sprint's WiMAX network has long been tipped to get its first 4G phone from HTC, sometime in the first half of this year, but there's now speculation that the carrier will also look to Palm for a device. ComputerWorld has been rounding up rumors about the possibility, with ailing Palm potentially looking to 4G for its market salvation. Problem is, most of the rumors seem to be little more than wishful thinking.
Interesting news out of Novatel Wireless today, with the company announcing not only that they've completed testing a new, WiMAX version of their popular MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hostpot, but that they're seemingly experimenting with wearable mobile devices. The new 4G WiMAX MiFi apparently achieved 18Mbps throughput, with a theoretical peak of over 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink.
One of the best things about MWC 2010 is that you can come across completely unexpected devices quite by accident. Moblic were discretely showing off their E7 WiMAX MID, with a sliding form-factor, QWERTY keyboard, 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and gaming controls. According to Carrypad, people at the booth didn't know too much about the MID itself - even the identity of the 600MHz processor is a mystery.
That Sprint have been working on a 4G handset isn't much of a surprise - after all, they have a steadily growing WiMAX network and we've seen leaked roadmap details tipping an HTC Android smartphone using 4G - but the carrier has now confirmed that the first device will in fact launch before the end of June 2010. Speaking to Forbes, the carrier's business market's president Paget Alves suggested that the Sprint 4G phone would be targeted at government and industrial clients rather than solely at consumers.
Early details of Intel's next-generation mobile processor platform, codenamed Huron River, have emerged well ahead of its expected launch in Q1 2011. According to Fudzilla, Huron River will be based around the 32nm Sandy Bridge process silicon, and be made up of dual- and quad-core processors supporting Intel Turbo Boost.