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(Pocket-lint) - Sprint has announced a new 4G smartphone in connection with HTC that it hopes will bring super-fast surfing speeds to those lucky enough to find 4G coverage, and Pocket-lint has managed to go hands on with the new Android 2.2 device at CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

The HTC Evo Shift 4G will come with a slide-out QWERTY and be exclusive to Sprint from 9 January for $149.99. In the hand the phone is solidly built with a rubberised back similar to the HTC Hero released in the UK in 2009.

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.

That slide-out keyboard does give some bulk to the handset - it’s chunky in the hand, and slides rather than being the hinge system used on the HTC Desire Z. The keys themselves are flat, but responsive, well spaced out with a navigational d-pad for those afraid to use the touchscreen display.

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

CES 2011 is now in full-swing, be sure to check out our dedicated CES homepage for all of the news as it breaks, as well as detailed analysis.

Writing by Stuart Miles. Originally published on 16 April 2013.