A lot of very hush-hush product news is floating around with the Consumer Electronic Showcase gearing to kick off in just two days from now. Fortunately, Sprint has released official news today that its HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphone will be available on Jan. 9, 2011 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. This is the third 4G smartphone for Sprint after the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which both received PCMag’s Editors’ Choice. If the pattern can tell us anything, Sprint may be winning three out of three Editors’ Choice awards for its line of 4G smartphones. The EVO Shift has a much smaller screen than the original. It has a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, runs Android 2.2, and has a 5-megapixel camera. Unlike the original EVO 4G on Sprint, the Shift has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Wirefly, a third-party phone retailer, got some hands-on time with the new phone. Check out the video after the jump!