Sprint invites press to an event scheduled for March 22nd; 3D phone? HTC EVO 2?
Once again, speculation centers on a possible introduction of a 3D Android handset. Considering that the HTC EVO 4G was announced at last year's CTIA, another possibility could be the introduction of a sequel to Sprint's all-time best selling smartphone.
Sprint customers have been hoping to see a new high-end device, hopefully with a dual-core processor, that would compete with AT&T's Motorola ATRIX 4G, the upcoming LG Optimus 2X expected for T-Mobile, and the Motorola Droid Bionic coming to Verizon.
1. yungmel0 (unregistered)
Ok sprint now is the time to recover from the last press conference and show the other companies your not outta the game just yet. If you have any big guns awaiting to be released; now is the time to bring em out!!!! Please don't disappoint us all again.....
5. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
No doubt. Maybe a real quick reassurence that your customer base won't get left behind in the pending move to LTE would be nice, as well. Get on it Dan!
6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I am just wondering what it could be that would actually be innovative. I feel like a 3D phone would be just as gimmicky as 3D movies. A vast majority of them suck, but there are a few that are worth it. And switching to LTE wouldn't be innovative at all. So what else could it possibly be that would be worth the press conference?
8. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
With you on the 3D thing. Sprint needs a solid, high end offering to it's customers. 3D is just a headline catcher, and being first Company in U.S. to get one will look nice in a press release but that's about it.(Really, how do you live up to the "high" expectations of quality like "Piranna 3D" on a phone?)
39. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
the 3d phone is the lg optimus 3d
26. Goldeneye (Posts: 362; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
The iPhone! oh wait maybe a three screened Android? lol
46. dallas90733 (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)
I am betting on 4 crappy screen Android myself!!...hahahah
45. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Yay, maybe now well be able to see Chris Angel make an ass out of himself and some BS phone from Sprint.
2. V1P3R124 (unregistered)
I think it might be the WP7 that we have been hearing about...the HTC Arrive...personally i think that the WP7 OS is fairly good and im hoping to get a WP7 phone once they hit verizon...but right now i have the droid incredible and dont want to downgrade to the lower specs of the arrive/trophy...
4. Darryl (unregistered)
They already announced the Arrive
3. Tljester (unregistered)
from the picture i guess we will be seeing the groundbreaking tin can with strinG (tm)
42. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Very clever because the picture looks all 1920s and with the capital G at the end alluding the speed! HAHAHAHA! I like you. You can cross under my bridge any time! (Unless you have an iphone).
7. jtothe (unregistered)
Arrive comes out on the 20th...so that's not it. Maybe iPhone5, or some kind of dual processor phone that is both wimax and lte capable... Or not *Kanye shrug*
9. optimist (unregistered)
Where does it say in the invitation that "Dan Hesse, will be showing off Sprint's latest and greatest new device at the event"? Maybe it;s not a new smart phone. Maybe it's some other kind of "innovation." What other kind of innovative technology has Sprint been working on?
10. Wow (unregistered)
Omnia 7! Please?
11. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Just for info sake: Another site had the actually invite listed- it is a 3 1/2 hour event with the phrase "veiw our latest innovations" with an "s", so there will be more then one device shown. The Blackberry playbook has been mentioned as well as romuors of an EvO 2.
12. shannbholla (unregistered)
Its going to be the 3D phone I bet. Sprint shot themselves in the foot during the last conference and they need to bring something out that we'll like!
13. Socalvenom (unregistered)
I personally don't care anymore Sprint's phone selection sucks balls and at this rate unless Dan has a new Evo or a phone even better then the Evo I'm not upgrading till Sprint does. Ill live with my crappy Hero till then
14. de2philly (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
I guess JD Power/CNET/pcmag etc. ranking the EVO as the #1 smartphone and having the Shift and Epic being ranked as 10/10's and just as good as the EVO are "crappy" phones? lol
34. Socalvenom (unregistered)
dude the phones are good but come on Sprint needs to keep up with the times everyone else is enjoying dual core goodness why can't we besides The Evo as good as a phone as it is it's old news, or are you doing to deny the facts? Even T-mobile has us beat when it comes to phone selection.
38. homineyhominey (unregistered)
There is no use for a dual core phone right now. The apps have to be written to enjoy that feature. Until many apps (there are very few right now) are written that way, who cares? Sprint launched the evo after it had 4g. Why launch something before the real tech catches up to it?
44. Tekkasonic (unregistered)
I hate to agree... but I still have my hero and I'm just waiting patiently althou annoyed for something... more.... personaly i would love to see the Xperia Play come to sprint.. I love on screen keyboards.. but hate onscreen controls for gaming this would be great.. especially if it does good on multimedia and gaming... I just wish we could just buy any phone and then assign it to a provider -_-
15. Rob C (unregistered)
Sprint's announcements lately are reminding me of a seagull that you would see on the Discovery Channel... squawking and flapping its wings, splashing water everywhere... and then it goes under and all you see next is a shark fin.
23. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
OK.... actually a real cool visual there!!
27. guesticle (unregistered)
Honeycomb is for tablets not phones
28. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Not always. Honeycomb is being worked on for some phones. Thanks!
17. bbonline (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)
My theory is that it will be a new flagship phone (s) with dual-core processors that is CDMA, BUT will be upgradable to LTE or Wimax via a software update, depending on the path they ultimately decide to take.
18. bbonline (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)
I don't think they're going to release any new phones with Wimax on them until they have made the final decision. We'll see how it goes, but it should be interesting.
19. gatordotcom (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)
Better not be a phone with 3 screens!!!!!
20. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Honestly, I'm looking more into something like the Samsung Beam, too bad it never made it to the US. I mean hdmi is nice and all but that TI projector on that beam is just so damn sexy. The fact that it's a portable projector makes it awesome. Imagine the possibilities.
29. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
I have to admit, I am kinda anxious to play with the Echo tho. Could be an interesting enough phone.... announcement event put aside lol.
24. depeche (Posts: 62; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
LTE is not in the cards at this point, they are not committed to this technology.
They better announce more then one device this time around:
+Would love to see a high end solid, smaller, lighter Android phone with a 3.8" display
+phone 7 device would be nice
+webOS to round out the offering
iPhone would be sweet but not realistic
Please keep 3D out of this line up.. what a waste of a phone.
25. cober (unregistered)
if its not dual-core, I don't want it...period
30. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Let's face it...with the current market as it is...noone is going to be excited unless it's a dual core offering on par with the other carriers. Until then, everyone will keep chugging along with our Evos. I think HTC is the only major manufacturer that hasn't released a dual-core phone. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
37. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
100% right. I remember an announcement concerning a phone on this site (if memory serves might have been the Torch 2 for AT&T) that had a 1.2 G core, and it was savaged for being behind the times. That is a powerful core, but it isn't good enough to compete for the premium market. I am a big fan of sprint, but like an earlier poster said T-Mobile has a wider selection of phones. If Sprint is going LTE, maybe 3-4 new high end phones doesn't make sense, but they need to compete. (I do wonder if the Echo doesn't end up being a modest hit despite itself though, just out of pure curiosity of the thing....)
31. allknowing (unregistered)
They will be announcing that they will be moving towards LTE Advanced.
32. downphoenix (Posts: 2502; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Too bad that the Kyocera Echo was a flop announcement. I thought the idea behind the phone was quite neat, but Sprint realizes that they quickly need a powerhouse phone. I can forsee an Evo 2. I dont think they will worry so much with being "First" this time and instead make a competitive and powerful phone that will be a worthy successor to the Evo, whether a true or spiritual successor.
33. dj (unregistered)
you can bet your last dollar it will feature a bulky physical keyboard
35. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)
depending on this announcement I could possibly be making my return back to Sprint. a cheaper bill would be more than welcomed right now
36. JPD121 (unregistered)
"Innovations" well I'm pretty sure this means that we will see some sort of device(s); in addition we may hear about the iDen replacement being developed by Qualcomm, maybe something about the deals going on with that Lightsquared compnay for LTE. There's a lot to look forward to at CTIA...all in all Dan is the President of the association for this year; so it's Sprint's stage. As said before - PLEASE DON'T DISSAPPOINT
40. JWil (unregistered)
I hope that Sprint will step up to the plate and add a phone or two that's on par with the offerings over at AT&T and Verizon. They have been really lacking in this area and maybe need to hire a new product manager or something.
41. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Hopefully Sprint doesn't waste another David Blaine
43. Dante (unregistered)
I'd actually be happy if they announced a 4 inch Windows Phone 7 model. The Arrive is cool but the screen is too small coming from an Evo user. Samsung Omnia 7 would be cool or if Dell got off their a$$ and made a CDMA Venue Pro. If not they better at least announce an Evo 2 cause the Echo is just no cutting it.
47. dallas90733 (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)
Come on Sprint!!..HTC Flyer, Galaxy 10.1 and LG 3d .!!..you can do it!!!
48. Daemon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2011)
Innovation with Sprint would be acquiring new customer support. I left Sprint a couple of years ago for their lack of focus and their inability to acquire competitive devices. Yes, Sprint will be making a transition to LTE but I have experienced Sprint's logistics on "rollout" and it's akin to watching paint dry. Dan when I pick up a phone and experience it I will believe it. Make all the speeches you want until then.
49. Richard Yarrell (unregistered)
predicted specs for UPCOMING HTC EVO2/3D
1.4.5 INCH SCREEN SUPER LCD/QHD
3.New Htc sense UI 3D style
4.Dualcore snapdragon MSM 8660
5.Adreno 220cpu for smoother 3d performance
6.1080p hd video-out via hdmi 20mbps
7.a synchronous core clocking 3d video out and 3d video capture
8.hdmi mirrioring mode for playing games and web browsing, games will run at 60fps
9.encoding and decoding 3d video
10.2.0 front facing camera
11.8/16 built in internal memory
12.16/32micro sd card out the box
13.1800 Mah battery
14. 8/10 mp camera
18.supports video playback mpeg4,h.203,h.204,divx,wmv,avi,3gp
21.Htc cloud base services for gaming and purchasing of applications and device support by the cloud.
22. Android 2.3.3 or 2.4 Gingerbread/Ice Cream