Engadget has gotten an exclusive tip from a “trusted” source revealing the codename and details of what could possibly be the first 4G Android device to hit the market. Codenamed “Supersonic”, the device is made by HTC and will launch on Sprint with WiMAX capability. Here are the official bullet points taken from Engadget:
As you can see from the below comparison taken directly from Sprint’s website, 4G is a significant upgrade from 3G in terms of download speeds. There are also many other technicalities to the improvements and you can go here for those details if you desire.
|Average download speeds||3-6 Mbps||600Kbps – 1.4 Mbps|
|Peak download speeds*||up to 10 Mbps||up to 3.1 Mbps|
|Usage||Unlimited||5GB/300MB off-network roaming per month|
Although 4G is not currently available nationwide, one can’t help but think that this may change quickly and if Sprint wants to get ahead of the competition they have all of the tools here to do it. An HD2-like device, the latest iteration of Android with Sense UI and a 4G network ought to do the trick.