After many leaks and speculations, Sprint finally made HTC EVO Shift 4G official, together with a launch date – January 9th and the $149.99 price tag with a 2 year contract and $100 mail in rebate. The device is bundled with Sprint’s $10 per month 4G fee.

The same carrier also announced a new MiFi 3G/4G hotspot, providing access to Sprint’s WiMAX network. Finally, if you’re curious about the new smartphone, here’s the full and official specs list:

  • Display: 3.6 inch, 800 x 480 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM7630, 800MHz
  • Memory: 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot
  • Connectivity: WiMAX, WiFi, Stereo Bluetooth
  • Camera: 5MP, 720p video capture
  • OS: Android 2.2, HTC Sense UI

The main appeal as far as the new EVO is concerned is its WiMAX support and physical keyboard, that looks pretty comfy. Now let’s see what the LTE-based HTC Thunderbolt is all about…