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HTC Flyer comes to Sprint as HTC Evo View tablet

Sprint snags the HTC Evo View, a rebranded version of the 7-inch tablet first seen at Mobile World Congress last month.

HTC Evo View
The HTC Evo View is a 7-inch, 4G-capable tablet with a stylus. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Sprint announced that it would be the first U.S. carrier to get the HTC Evo View, the U.S. version of the 7-inch tablet we saw at Mobile World Congress last month under the name of HTC Flyer.

The Evo View is almost exactly like the Flyer, except that it's 4G-capable, just like its namesake the HTC Evo 4G. There are also a few cosmetic differences in the finish. Beyond that, the Evo View will continue to have a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 32GB internal memory, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. It can also serve as a hot spot for up to eight devices. Accompanying the tablet is a stylus pen you can use to highlight text and take notes.

Much was made of the fact that the Flyer debuted with Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system that Google has built for tablets. Sprint told CNET that it plans to update the HTC Evo View to Honeycomb as soon as it's been made available. That could be before the product is released, but it's possible Sprint will also push out Honeycomb as an update after its opening sales day. Until then, Sprint's demo units run the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC's interface that rests on top of Gingerbread.

Pricing information is still to be revealed.