Sprint has announced a new 4G smartphone in connection with HTC that hopes to bring super fast surfing speeds to those lucky enough to find 4G coverage.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G will come with a slide-out QWERTY and be exclusive to Sprint from 9 January for $149.99.

Playing on the fact that the phone is the 16th 4G-capable device from Sprint, the HTC EVO Shift will come with HTC Sense, run Android 2.2, offer a 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display.

Other specs include a microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card) and GPS.