A new phone passing through the FCC is a pretty regular occurrence, but what's not so common is seeing a CDMA/WiMAX made by HTC in the FCC. That's exactly what just happened, though, as an HTC handset listed as a "Smart Phone" that has been tested in the "slide off" and "slide right" positions. What does all this mean? Well, considering that it's both CDMA and WiMAX, it's probably safe to assume that this is a Sprint device. So we have an HTC slider smartphone with WiMAX that's headed to Sprint. Hmm, I think I remember hearing about a handset that fits that description.
Of course, I'm referring to the HTC EVO Shift 4G, which looks like it will end up being an EVO with a smaller screen and physical QWERTY. While the EVO's monstrous 4.3-inch screen is great for many, there are some of us that might prefer something just a tad smaller, and the EVO Shift 4G seems like it will be a perfect fit. It'll be interesting to see how the EVO Shift 4G stacks up against Samsung's Epic 4G. Will customers prefer the bigger, AMOLED screen on the Epic or the HTC-made EVO Shift and the Sense experience?
UPDATE: Right after the this HTC WiMAX phone, which is likely the EVO Shift 4G, the folks at Boy Genius Report have wrangled up some of the specs for the device, too. They refer to it as the Knight, but as we've heard, it looks like the Knight is going to end up being the EVO Shift 4G when it launches. So, what will be powering this mini-EVO? An early unit was said to be sporting a 1GHz chip, but the source says that it's entirely possible that the included processor will end up being dual-core when the phone arrives. Other specs include a 3.7-inch display, 8 megapixel camera, sliding QWERTY keyboard, 4G, and Android 2.2. Interestingly, it's being said that the EVO Shift 4G won't end up being a flagship handset. What I want to know is if a dual-core 4G phone with a QWERTY keyboard isn't a flagship device, then what else does Sprint have up its sleeve?