* EVO 4G phone has large 4.3 inch screen for video viewing
* EV0 4G to go on sale between May and Sept
* Has a 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel camera
(Adds executive comment, details)
LAS VEGAS, March 23 Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) on
Tuesday unveiled the HTC EVO 4G from HTC Corp (2498.TW), the
No. 3 U.S. operator's first cellphone that will support its
WiMax high-speed wireless service.
The HTC phone has a 4.3 inch screen, which is designed for
video viewing and Web browsing and is 30 percent bigger than
the screen of the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhone, Sprint said.
The device, which runs on Google Inc (GOOG.O) software, has
an 8 megapixel camera for taking photos and video and a second
camera on the front for applications like video chat.
Sprint said it would start selling the device this summer
and would unveil pricing for the phone and its wireless service
closer to the launch date. David Owens, a cellphone executive
for Sprint, declined to comment on the device's price but said
it would be in the high end of the smartphone range.
The device will support Sprint's CDMA network, as well as
the higher speed WiMax network operated by Clearwire Corp
CLWR.O, in which Sprint has an ownership stake of roughly 56
percent. Analysts had expected the phone to be called
Supersonic, which Sprint said was the code name for the phone.
Sprint is hoping its WiMax service will help it stem years
of customer losses, as it is the country's first
fourth-generation 4G phone.
Its biggest rival -- Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon
Communications (VZ.N) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L) -- is also
building a 4G network but does not expect to have 4G phones
available until the middle of next year.
"This is going to be an iconic handset without question,"
Owens said in an interview on the sidelines of the CTIA show
where the phone was unveiled.
Owens said that while the device was designed for the WiMax
network, Sprint also expects customers on its older network to
buy the phone.
The phone also has a little kickstand that allows it to be
placed at an angle for video viewing.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew and Gabriel Madway; Editing by Gary