Sprint was relatively quiet at CES this year, but was it the kind of silence just before a storm? The 4G-capable ThunderBolts, Tegras and even Verizon iPhones of our time have sounded off and left us wondering what could Sprint bring to stir up our geeky imagination. That is when the carrier promised to put an “industry first” up its sleeve on February 7th and it won't be alone, but accompanied by illusionist David Blaine.
So while everyone waits for Sprint's own Dan Hesse to pull a magic trick, let us analyze and weigh all the possibilities behind the invitation-only event. First, let's see how Sprint's lineup looks now. The company had no earth-shattering devices since the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which took our hearts by delivering amazing speeds for their time. The affordable HTC EVO Shift 4G unveiled just before CES can hardly compare with the dual-core 4G-capable Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) and Motorola DROID Bionic (Verizon).
So could it be that Sprint will announce its first dual-core handset? Many are looking forward to an EVO2 or a second generation of the Epic 4G, while some even hope (don't look at us!) that a dual-core Nokia handset will come to the Now network, which we find very unlikely. While dual-core handsets will imminently land on Sprint, they certainly would not be an “industry first”.
And combining Android with the presence of illusionist David Blaine, we can think of one product that stands out and that would match all the novelty – an HTC 3D Android phone. Will it be a stereoscopic 3D phone that Hesse has hidden up his sleeve? While it is still too early for this, we have seen rumors circulate for a while and the technology is certainly out there. The stereoscopic Android phone could have 3 camera sensors installed and 2 cameras shooting side by side. Most major Android blogs are invited as well, which makes this our pick.
Other options include a CDMA Windows Phone 7 with WiMAX support, which is certainly on its way and actually the HTC 7 Pro would match this profile perfectly. While it is nothing that revolutionary, the HTC 7 Pro will in fact be the industry's first CDMA phone with the latest mobile Windows. Let's not forget that Sprint could also confirm RIM's PlayBook tablet running on a 4G network, but we see nothing magical or new about this either. There are many speculations out there, but what do you expect to see and why?