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More Details Of HTC EVO Shift 4G Emerge

The first photos of the HTC Evo Shift 4G smartphone, a mainstream version of the EVO 4G, have appeared online and show some interesting details.

The device, which will run on Sprint's WiMax network, is slightly smaller than the EVO 4G, comes with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and may come with a 800MHz processor, possibly from Qualcomm.

The handset's design appear to be quite different from the other keyboard-equipped HTC handset available from the UK, the HTC DesireZ.

According to the photos published by phonearena, it has touch sensitive buttons rather than mechanical ones (but no homing button) and the keyboard has a multidirectional pad with tiny plastic keyboard buttons.

It comes with a camera without a flash but there's doesn't seem to be any front camera. Expect it to be released at CES 2011 and to come with Android 2.2.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.