A new device was announced by HTC and it passed right under our noses… the HTC Max 4G, the first WiMax phone. Recently announced by HTC and it is expected to be released in late November… only … it will be in … Russia! under the Yota carrier.
This dream device sports 4G connectivity to a WiMax service that will provide blazingly fast data connection. It will also include the usual connections for all those aging GSM/GPRS/EDGE carriers out there… The screen is a beautiful WVGA 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches diagonal that we all love from the HTC Touch HD, TouchFLO 3D, accelerometers for auto rotate, proximity for screen auto-turn off (which can heavily extend power management), 288Mb RAM, 256Mb ROM and a whopping 8Gb user available internal storage memory plus the corresponding extension slot for microSDHC.
Of course it will also connect via WiFi 802.11 b/g but the star of this device is the brand new WiMax 802.16 e. Which can be used to hop between GPRS coverage areas while still connected to WiMax. GPS is obviously included and the device has two cameras: the front one is the average VGA webcam but the main one is the same 3.2 Megapixel from the HTC Touch series.
The president and CEO of HTC, Peter Chou, has been reported saying "The introduction of the HTC MAX 4G represents the culmination of a close partnership between HTC and Yota to develop the world’s first integrated mobile GSM/WIMAX handset. Russia is a key strategic market for HTC, and Yota’s mobile WiMAX network sets a new global benchmark."
Yota is claiming to be Russia’s first provider of mobile WiMAX technology. They have announced a bandwidth of up to 10 MBps to be available even from moving vehicles at up to 60 mph (100 kph). Yota confirmed to have installed at 250 WiMax base stations in Moscow, and St. Petersburg, and will deploy 1000 more in those cities by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, in the US, Sprint has announced the rollout of the XOHM WiMAX service. Unfortunately, XOHM is initially available in Baltimore. More markets will follow shortly.
So, my question to HTC now is
"What are you guys waiting to release this device in the US?"
For more information on the HTC Max 4G go to HTC HERE.