On February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, HTC’s Inspire 4G will go on sale on the AT&T network for just $99.99 after a two-year agreement. It’ll be the first 4G-capable handset from AT&T, with a caveat. Although the nation’s #2 wireless carrier is marketing the handset as 4G-capable, in reality it runs on their HSPA+ cellular network, not the fourth-generation Long Term Evolution radio technology commonly refereed to as 4G LTE or just LTE.
The Inspire 4G will be the first of two Android handsets AT&T pledged to release during the first half of 2011. The sleek-looking phone comes enclosed in a unibody case made out of aluminum and has a huge 4.3-inch display of the preferred capacitive multitouch variety. Matter of fact, this is the largest phone in AT&T’s portfolio and the first with the next-gen HTC Sense interface paired with the accompanying cloud services.
Other perks include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD sound, an eight-megapixel camera with HD video recording and LED flash on the back, 4GB internal storage, 8GB additional storage on an micro SD card (upgradeable to 32GB) and Blockbuster, Adobe Flash Player and eReader apps which come preloaded. Head over to AT&T’s Inspire 4G mini-site for detailed specifications.
The hardware runs Android 2.2, but we couldn’t determine at press time whether it’ll be possible to upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Inspire 4G will also support the carrier’s wireless tethering feature called Mobile Hotspot that lets up to five WiFi devices borrow your phone’s cellular connection. Such an attractive price point and conveniently timed launch indicate AT&T conceived the Inspire 4G as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other.