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CTIA 2011 guessing game: what to expect from Sprint [OPINION]

March 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sprint Android phones were big in 2010. The HTC EVO 4G completely turned around Sprint’s tanking sales, and the Samsung Epic 4G kept momentum going. That’s why everyone was so disappointed to hear practically nothing from Sprint at CES. The EVO Shift was announced and then there were just a bunch of crickets in the days and weeks that followed.

Don’t expect that to happen with CTIA Wireless 2011. Sprint is expected to make a massive move that could make it the star of the show. While AT&T Verizon grabbed the headlines at CES with their new devices, Sprint is all but guaranteed to be the talk of the town as writers head home next week. Here’s a look at what to expect.

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Sprint is hosting a major event on Tuesday that is expected to be the anchor of its showing at CTIA. That’s where Sprint will likely announce a variety of products, including:

  • The EVO View – We first heard of this name from an anonymous tipster to Engadget. It’s likely that this will be the Sprint-branded version of the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch tablet that runs HTC Sense and includes several custom features.
  • The EVO 3D – Yup, the EVO’s a brand. The next phone to don that EVO name will likely feature 3D, but it could be one of two devices. It could be the HTC Shooter, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon with a high-quality display and Android 2.3.2. I have a tiny feeling this could be what Sprint will call the Optimus 3D, but that’s far less likely. We’ll know soon enough (read more about the HTC Shooter).
  • Motorola Xoom – The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the only Android tablet currently available on Sprint, but it’s likely to get company since a SprintUsers member posted an image of the Motorola Xoom with Sprint branding. Keep in mind that this is the same user who posted the EVO Shift before it was officially announced, so the guy is legit. It also falls in line with a rumor floated from AAM yesterday.
  • Nexus S 4G - Engadget also says that it’s coming. We’ll see.

All our Sprint readers have been clamoring for something to lust after. CTIA Wireless will finally give them a couple of great Android phones and tablets to bring up during those AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon flame wars. The Sprint CTIA press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 12:30 pm and ends at 4 pm. That’s a lot of time to tell us about some great Android products.