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HTC EVO Shift 4G / HTC Knight Image Appears Online

The HTC Evo Shift 4G is a device that has been highly anticipated by fans of the manufacturer. The device will be released on several different carriers under a variety of names including the HTC Knight and HTC Speedy, and with the release of a number of  cell phone accessories shots last week, it appears as though we can start to brace ourselves for the release of the device.

The images that were released last week show a number of different features of the phone. First of all, it will have a four-line QWERTY keypad for speedier texting. The second image that was released also showed the phone in a protective case. The case does appear to add a lot to the size of the phone but the fact that the phone will feature a QWERTY keyboard has already ensured that it will be more hefty than the previous EVO 4G.

Following the release of the photos a rumored release date for the phone also made its way online; January 9th. Early estimates for the release of the phone stated that it would be released on January 6th, and the switch to a 9th release would match up with the previous Sunday launches that HTC has unveiled.

The addition of the slide out QWERTY keyboard is something that will make the device much more viable for business, or simply for those of us that prefer the keypad over a touch screen. This version of the phone will have a smaller display, at 3.7 inches, than the HTC Evo 4G that was released by Sprint. The HTC Evo Shift 4G will reportedly come standard with Android 2.2, but could potentially even see 2.3 following the announcement of 2.3 Gingerbread. All of the details regarding the unlocked cell phone should be seen as speculative at this point, but it is clear that we are inching ever-closer to the release of this highly anticipated phone.

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