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WSJ: Sprint to show off 4G HTC Supersonic at CTIA next week

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WSJ: Sprint to show off 4G HTC Supersonic at CTIA next week
According to the WSJ, Sprint CEO and Television star Dan Hesse is expected to show off the 4G enabled HTC Supersonic at the CTIA show next week in Las Vegas. The pin-dropping network is supposed to have 4G coverage for 120 million people this year and Sprint has said it will launch a 4G handset by the summer. The HTC Supersonic has, well, super specs including a huge 4.3 inch AMOLED display, a zippy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM/1GB ROM, a 5MP camera with dual LED flash and AF and support for WiMax. The phone will be the center of a presentation that will be made by Hesse on Tuesday as the nation's third largest carrier kicks off the 4G race. Verizon plans on having its 4G LTE network up in 25 to 30 markets by the end of this year, so Sprint has a small window through which it can use its head start to capture the business from those looking to use the faster speeds available on the 4G networks. And the HTC Supersonic appears to have what it takes in terms of the specs and features to become a major obsession and drool-fest for cellphone fanatics.

HTC Supersonic Preliminary Specifications

source: WSJ via AndroidandMe

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


Never heard anything good about Sprint (at least at my area) is a major turn down =( Also, only a 5MP camera seems outdated for such advanced phone. I guess after getting HTC HD2 next week, it is time to wait for 4G to become more popular!

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:46

7. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Actually once you pass 3 megapixels, it really doesn't matter unless you plan to display your images on a huge screen. What you really need to be concerned about is the quality not the megapixels.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:56

16. mthoren68 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)


Absolutely right. It's more about the lens and sensor. You can have 10MP but if the sensor and lens aren't up to snuff it's meaningless. I'd rather the manufacturer gave me a 3.2MP with a better sensor and higher quality lens than 8 or 10MP and lower sensor/lens. And face it, it is a trade-off. Your'e not going to get it all in a camera phone, especially as long as the carriers understand that MP sells. That is the one option I wish we had for higher-end phones, the option to upgrade to a better sensor and a Zeiss lens, for example. Some people care about the camera, some don't.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 18:33

21. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


schmao & mthoren68.... NICE

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 20:08

25. scottmbolt (unregistered)


LMFAO... it still gets me to this day that people are bitching about camera quality on a ... get this ... PHONE! Yes, it is a PHONE!

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 00:27

31. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


SO ANYWAYS SHOULD I GET THIS PHONE OR THE HD2 FROM T-MOBILE?? WHICH ONE IS BETTER????

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 01:12

32. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


It's personal need, wants, preference. Sprint is on CDMA network T-Mobile is GSM, if you go abroad or may GSM is better due to the worldwide use of it. The Supersonic VS. HD2 spec wise is about the same. Now the operating systems are different and have their advantages on both ends. The supersonic will be running Android, if you like fun and useful apps as well as amazing support for customizability with ease of use Android is a good choice. The HD2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense user interface, if you like ease of use and entertainment with amazing business support for Microsoft exchange server as well as Microsoft Word and Excel type use then give the HD2 a look. Also Windows Mobile is highly customizable but in my opinion it may be a little more user intensive, also the onboard app market doesn't have as many choices but I expect it will pick up. Although online you can find thousands of free programs for WM devices. So to sum it all up they look to both be amazing devices and I don't think you would be dissapointed by any means no matter which one you try. One more thing, rumorsof T-Mobiles HSPA+ yes plus not just HSPA could possibly be out by theend of the year supporting 21mb/sec which most all 3G T-mo phones will natively support, so something to think about.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:29

2. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


"this calls for a sexy party" -stewie griffin. im glued to my seat! eat that t-mo and your year old hd2

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:49

8. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


The HD2 isnt even 6 months old bud. The only big difference between the Supersonic and HD2 is the operating system. Both OS's are good so it's nothing to right home about.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 21:04

27. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


its a year behind the curve. and every one knows the leo rumors have been out as long. but whatever. the hd2 is a dead phone as it stands as of yet seeing that its not getting the upgrade to the new wp7s.

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 10:52

38. dswatson83 (Posts: 56; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


I really don't think windows 6.5 will be that bad on a phone like the HD2 cause its interfaced to death with htc's interface, and if you don't like that, there are a ton of others including simple windows mobile shell. All that keeps current with facebook integration, widgets, and other features. WM7 is too far off and unproven with no backwards compatibility. My only down with windows is alot of companies simply arn't making apps for windows like they are for android and iphones, especially touch friendly apps

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:32

3. Sureal (Posts: 38; Member since: 31 Jan 2010)


too bad sprints 4g coverage is worse than t-mos 3g coverage (and sprints 3g coverage isnt much better)

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:46

6. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


i would be half tempted to leave tmo for sprint for this. we just got 3g in boise and sprint has 4g here

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:50

9. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


lol yea

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:50

10. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Yea it really depends on where you live =].

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:24

13. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


that would have to be a matter of opinion my friend. whats sad is sprints 4g coverage which has been out for less than a year is just slightly less than t-mobiles 3g coverage that has been out for a few years. i have been with sprint for 5 years and never once had one coverage issue or an issue with customer service. it has been far better than any service i ever got with verizon, and hell of alot better than that joke called AT&T.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 17:35

20. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Sprints 3g coverage isn't much better than t-mobiles 3g? You must be joking or obviously just stating something completely out your ass. http://vzwmap.verizonwireless.com/dotcom/coveragelocator/images/maps/3Gcomparison.pdf T-mobile 3g? Where is it?

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 19:10

22. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


i can't decide what to write here.... ummmm.... some of you guys are morons. sprint's 4G is slower that some company's 3G? really?!?!?! sprint's 3G is FASTER than any other company's 3G and i've had the chance to try them all. if anyone has had the chance to try clearwire/sprint's 4G please speak up. it's ripping balls fast for wireless data access. FanBoys and NaySayers boooo. base your criticism on facts. wimax is rocket fuel.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 22:19

29. imthatguy704 (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


@AZNphoneGeek, I totally agree with you. I have used Spint's 4g service here in Charlotte and it's blazing fast. So to the haters talking nonsense.......................and I do mean nonsense need to be quite, stop hating, and realize one of the best phones in the industry is about to come out not to mention on one of the best networks. I'm starting to see the Supersonic in my near future....................Get in where you fit in

posted on 23 Mar 2010, 16:41

52. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


Dude you are ignorant. I mean that as nice as possible. But seriously do some research before your start flaming.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:33

4. GoofyGirl_77 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


I personally cannot wait for the Supersonic! Right now at our house we're both using the Hero - great phone but there are a few things that I'm sure the Supersonic will take care of. Hope the release date isn't too far down the road!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:42

5. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)


I to have the Hero and im just waiting for sprint to release this beast of a phone the htc supersonic this will be the best phone to date its like having a android powered htc hd2

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 15:51

11. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


What makes this phone the BEST phone?

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:51

15. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


it will be the first android powered device that will run with 4g capabilities. add that to its impressive specsheet and i would say a lot of people will consider it the best.

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 13:42

39. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


The funny thingis about all these new devices is that once you get it you'll hear about he next best thing coming out and how the "biggest and best" thing you have is last years news in a matter of months. I'm curious to see what companies like Apple and HTC will be making in 5-10 years from now. I kind of wish they would focus more effort on battery technology for now. I love new phones just as much as the next but I don't want to see these phones get so advanced and still running the same battery as now and I only get 4 hours of normal use.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:15

12. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


4G phone! Sprint everything data plan! Android! Comparable to HD2! What more can you ask for? And who needs a nexus one when u can go supersonic! This is my next phone no doubt.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:48

14. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I don't want to insult you Schmao but if you can't see this is the best phone your not that smart this is the first 4g phone it has a snapdragon it has 512mb ram/1gb of rom it will beat the brakes off the nexus one and iphone3gs how is it not the best

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 17:24

18. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


Not everyone is going to get 4G, so that shouldn't be a deciding factor. I dunno, design wise, it's ok, tech wise, it's on par w/ the N.One. The only cool point is there isn't a track ball. Don't get me wrong, though, it's still a beastly phone....

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 10:48

37. jhoots (Posts: 74; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


dont forget the monster screen size! have you seen it next to a Iphone? makes the iphone look mini!! 4G is still expanding, yes. However, sprint 3G Rev. A is still going to beat out T-mobile anyday.. i dont know much about AT&T besides they rape customers on their cell phone bills. Lets not forget that sprint IS the cheapiest carrier!! $69.99 a month!! Sprint+supersonic= best phone and best plans!! so, how is it not the best again? and why wouldnt this be a deciding factor?!

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 13:58

40. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


@jhoots - Quote "Lets not forget that sprint IS the cheapiest carrier!! $69.99 a month!!" Ok so let me inform everyone about these details so you don't allow jhoots to confuse you. The everything data plan for 69.99/month is not really unlimited it has 450 roaming/landline numbers and unlimited any network mobile calling in your network. The last part is important, atleast to me. If you are roaming which i do a good bit then you are using your minimal 450 minutes. For 89.99 you get 900 roaming/landline minutes. With T-mobile it's 79.99 for unlimited everything, period. Now you can argue that plan is cheaper, true but it doesn't really fully compare. Keep in mind those prices don't include fees and taxes and just so you know Sprint charges a little more in fees. http://nextelonline.nextel.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/DisplayPlans?filterString=Individual _Plans_Filter&id12=UHP_PlansTab_Link_IndividualPlans

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 14:27

42. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Are you serious. ok tmobile talk is unlimited for 80. Go ahead and go to sprint and buy a Blackberry you will being paying 80 for talk 20 for text and 30 for data. Do you even have Sprint.you are probably roaming in the company that you curently have does not mean you will roam on Sprint, and if you costantly roaming if you do have sprint, than maybe you do need to switch. Who calls constantly to landlines besides business customer and if they do might as well get the 99 unlimted plan from sprint which is still cheaper than tmobile.

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 19:54

44. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Wanted to correct my post meant to say go to tmobile and buy a blackberry and you would be paying more than the 80

posted on 19 Mar 2010, 01:25

45. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


What information are you reading?? Even More Unlimited talk from T-Mobile is 59.99 (http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/Cell-Phone-Plans.aspx?catgroup=EvenMore&WT.z_unav=mst_shop_p lans_evenmore) Even More Plus unlimited talk is 49.99 (http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/Cell-Phone-Plans.aspx?catgroup=EvenMorePlus&WT.z_unav=mst_sh op_plans_evenmoreplus) Even More Unlimited talk+text+web is 94.98 Even More Plus Unlimited talk+text+web is only 79.99!!! So where exactly did you see that T-Mobile's unlimited talk only plan was 80 dollars? Their EM+ family unlimited talk is 79.99, is that what you were incorrectly talking about? I don't normally get into internet fights but you're an idiot you obviously have a computer so stop being lazy and use it too look up what you're talking about please. I'm not saying either is better for anyone but T-Mobile has the cheapest plans, thats just fact.

posted on 19 Mar 2010, 09:51

46. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


I am getting my information directly from a rep that sold it on a family plan. That how shady Tmobile can be no where on the price plan explains how the plans work. I went with a family member he wanted to get a family plan and get all blackbery phones. he had already said he wanted the unlimited family plan but since they where blackberry there where extra data charges that needed to be added to it. So if your going by the website says I am going by what hapenned when I was in the store and seeing some one purchasing the phone, and him being told the data on the blackberry is extra. So before you start calling people an idiot you shut up reread call customer care and ask about a unlimited plan on a blackberry

posted on 19 Mar 2010, 14:01

47. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


With all due respect. T-Mobile doesn't hava complete 3G network and their drop call rates ranks dead last among the top 4 carriers. To take that comment a step farther in terms of network quality there really is only a Top 3. T-Mobile is cheaper but it also undeniably an inferior product.

posted on 20 Mar 2010, 00:33

48. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


We are talking about individual plans, not family plans like you. Family plans are always more. And trust me, the website on all the carriers is correct.

posted on 20 Mar 2010, 00:47

49. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


I don't completely disagree with you cuddy. I personally have had all the carriers except Sprint and have had no coverage issues or dropped calls from any of them to speak of. That being the case for me, the thing I look for is 1) price 2) customer service 3) phones. Everyone likes to fight about this carrier is better then this one but it really comes down to what works for you. No carrier covers everybody and every place

posted on 21 Mar 2010, 10:47

51. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Do you know how ignorant that sounds. Your original Post says Tmobile has the cheapest prices from all the carriers that should include individual and family plan. Now you are saying Family plans are always more. So now your eating your own words. By the way go get the same Blackberry or PDA on an individual plan and you are still paying more on Tmobile then you would on sprint with outall the extra features you need to add with tmobile. And yes they are all correct but they do not explain so that the customer understand that their plans are not compatible with every phone. So you have a guy wanting to get a blackberry goes online sees 50 for unlimited that goes intothe store and is told he is going to pay more monthly. That is what I meant if you didnt understand

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 16:59

17. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


have no plans to go back to sprint, and tbh I'm waiting fir the superior LTE but gotdamn if I havent cought myself drooling everytime I read about this. The wimax speeds are amazing and the phone itself is awesome. It's an upgraded hd2. I'm not too hot over android tho. I like it more than winmo but after so many attempts to like it(and I really tried) I just can't fall in love with it. Open source is great in name, but when is it gonna happen in practice. Devs don't really xplore this option. Oh well I digress. Amazing phone. Can't wait to see what it does for sprints dire situation.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 17:31

19. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


it's open source to those kids who know how to hack and tear into their phones. To us kids who aren't too hot on the subject, it's an ajar source OS, hah

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 19:35

23. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


This phone is going to be insane it will be a phone geeks dream with that much ram/rom the customization will be endless even people who hate sprint will be tempted to give it a try even if you don't have 4g in you area you will still have 3g remember this is 3g/4g device and will still be just as fast if not even faster than then the nexus one on 3g hope it has wifi 802.11n that would a plus if sprint markets this phone correctly this will get them back in the game I can't wait until someone roots this thing

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 19:51

24. funlobingguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I can give you all little idea, as to why is this phone and sprint will be best? Recent facts are that smartphones range between 3.7" and 5" (dell mini 5) will dominate markets. eg. HD2, SAMSUNG OMNIA i8910 HD, LG, etc. If you stretch your palm, it measures 5". So 4.3" will be perfect to hold as far as smartphone is concerned. It will give good grip. Also it has tremendous capacity to upgrade power, memory, processor, camera, camcorder, etc but people will like it for its size. This phone because of its size and power and capacity will saturate smartphone market and provide excellent option. About service providers, ATT and T-MOBILE work on fixed frequencies numbers while Verizon and SPRINT work within band of frequencies. Many people already know that T-MOBILE owners are non-US and they are planning to sell this network. Probably ATT will purchase it in next 3-4 years. Also it is a know fact that SPRINT and VERIZON rent towers and network from one-another. I am hoping that eventually they will merge. I think in distant future all service providers will merge globally. As far as issue I think that is buggin me is that between war of OS, windows vs android vs imac vs MAEMO SYMBIAN OS, etc who will win, I have no idea right now and that will create various options as to which phone a person will buy, T-MOBILE HD2 - WINDOWS OR SUPERSONIC-SPRINT-ANDROID or other variations, but I am getting SPRINT SUPERSONIC!!!!!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 14:02

41. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Where did you get this information about "Many people already know that T-MOBILE owners are non-US and they are planning to sell this network" I have heard nothing about them planning on selling this?

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 15:33

43. funlobingguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/T-Mobile-U.S.A.-to-get-spun-off-by-Deutsche-Telekom-article-a_93 93.html

posted on 20 Mar 2010, 02:29

50. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


They removed it

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 20:12

26. scottmbolt (unregistered)


I like how some of you idiots TRY your best to degrade Sprint, this phone, and the network. You're just sad because you are probably stuck with a lame iPhone on AT&T's horrid, overly cramped, iPhone loving network. Sprint FTW!

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 02:04

34. mattkl (Posts: 171; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


How does this comment make you any different?

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 22:09

28. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


The phone that separates the big dogs from the little ones, aahhh finally.

posted on 17 Mar 2010, 22:34

30. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 849; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I can't wait....I want one now. I have been putting off getting a phone ever since I heard about the HD2. Now I get the best of both worlds until a Windows 7 series HD3 arrives! Thats when we will see real competition I think.

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 01:17

33. DrewVL (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


Hi everyone. Does Supersonic support GSM band? (i know Sprint is CDMA) what if i buy the unlock version of Sonic? will it work? cuz i really like this phone:)

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 08:42

35. scottmbolt (unregistered)


No.

posted on 18 Mar 2010, 10:27

36. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 849; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


For right now the HD2 and the Supersonic are the best phones bar none in my opinion. I get mobile to mobile calling and unlimited texting for 69.95.......This can't be beat anywhere. I get service where I need it most, and when my business buddies, and I was in Massachusettes their Verizons phones didnt work, and my Sprint phone did. Service is subject to where you are located, and also subject to the phone that is being used! The best all around valued company even with it's faults is Sprint.....piss on that! Yes you get what you pay for but sometimes it's better to pocket that extra nickle, and diming that adds up to hundreds of dollars in fees.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:05

53. buy celexa (unregistered)


Really great article with very interesting information. You might want to follow up to this topic!?! 2012

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