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CES: Sprint officially announces HTC Evo Shift 4G

After numerous leaks, Sprint makes it official and announces the HTC Evo Shift 4G.

HTC Evo Shift 4G
HTC Evo Shift 4G

LAS VEGAS--Merely a formality at this point, what with all the leaks and all, Sprint officially introduced the HTC Evo Shift 4G on Tuesday along with a new MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless.

The HTC Evo Shift 4G will be available starting January 9 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. It's the third 4G smartphone for Sprint, behind the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, and offers mobile hot-spot capabilities (for up to eight devices), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.6-inch capacitive touch screen.

The handset will ship running Android 2.2 with HTC Sense and also features a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, and 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor.

In addition to the Evo Shift 4G, Sprint announced the MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless. The portable modem can be used with up to five devices and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It also features a microSD expansion slot and GPS and has a rated battery usage time of four hours and 60 hours of standby time

The MiFi 3G/4G will be available February 27 for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement.

We're hoping to get a glimpse of both devices at CES 2011, so definitely check back later this week for some hands-on impressions.