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1/18/2010
02:22 PM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
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'Supersonic' To Combine Sprint, HTC, Android, WiMax

Sprint and its partner Clear are still working hard at expanding their joint WiMax network. To date, only laptop dongles and desktop-bound modems are available for those interested in WiMax. No phones have been announced, but the Supersonic from HTC just might be the first.



Sprint and its partner Clear are still working hard at expanding their joint WiMax network. To date, only laptop dongles and desktop-bound modems are available for those interested in WiMax. No phones have been announced, but the Supersonic from HTC just might be the first.I spoke with Clear just a couple of weeks ago during the Consumer Electronics Show. Clear was very specific that no WiMax-enabled smartphones would hit the market before the end of 2010. That hasn't stopped the rumor mills from churning out a few possibilities.

According to a source quoted by Engadget, the Supersonic -- to be made by HTC -- will marry Android with WiMax and make for a heck of a device. Here are the details:

  • Codename is "Supersonic" -- a name we've heard at least once before.
  • Feels a lot like you'd expect an Android-powered HD2 to feel thanks to a 4.3-inch non-AMOLED display and a svelte shell. (For reference, the HD2 is 11mm thick, but we don't have exact dimensions here.)
  • It's got a kickstand on the back. This wouldn't be a first for HTC; the Imagio on Verizon has one, for example.
  • Runs Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI.
  • Our tipster saw it in white; production devices could be available in different colors, of course, but white seems like it'd be an intriguing choice for a phone of the HD2's size and shape.
  • The phone's software stack is buggy enough right now to suggest that we're not looking at a release any time soon, but we don't have details on the projected launch window.
  • It's fast -- Snapdragon fast, it seems, though our tipster can't confirm the processor under the hood.
Whether or not this will be the first WiMax smartphone, neither Sprint, HTC, nor Clear will say, but we can always hope.

[Via Engadget]

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