The famous red-and-black accents and the kickstand seem to live on in the HTC EVO One (or so we think it'll be called), according to these photos of Sprint's upcoming One X variant. The device, which looks to be a test unit, was obtained by one of DroidLife's readers, who then forwarded the snaps on for all of us to enjoy. You are enjoying them, aren't you?
Now, don't be too hasty and judgmental, take your time to examine these. The back of the unit we're looking at seems to have a busted top area for some reason - it kind of looks like it was mauled by a hungry tiger before posing for the camera. Or as if a small EVO was inserted into a large EVO's body, but that's just an optical illusion. Sorry you can't unsee it - I should have warned you. The front also has a chunk sticking out. While none of that really matters for the end product, together with a white piece of paper that is most likely covering up the serial number, the flaws are certainly taking away from the initial impression. But take a deep breath and try to ignore the imperfections - it's not looking so bad after all, right? Although compared to the European One X, the EVO One is not something I would call breathtaking.
So, the big ticket items worth mentioning:
- Red-and-black accents, just like the original EVO 4G and the EVO 3D (the EVO Shift 4G and Design 4G don't have the accents, but I don't even consider them to be true EVOs anyway - they're more like bastard children).
- The kickstand is back! That's definitely a +1 in my book. Or is it +One? Just make that +5.
- The screen measures 4.7", just like the One X and not 4.3" like it was rumored by some random source elsewhere at some point.
- Android 4.0.3, Sense 4.0 (duh), Beats Audio - no surprises here.
- It's unclear whether the CPU is going to be a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, like on the European One X, or the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, like on the AT&T variant.
- There's a button on the bottom right of the EVO One. This button does not exist on any other variants of the One X, and the only reason I can think of for putting a button there is for the camera. It's the most natural position, and it will make me squeal with joy if it turns out to be the case.
In fact, looking back at yesterday's leaked press shot, we see the button is present there too, though it was so subtle, none of us noticed it. Sprint branding is indeed missing from the front. The fact that these fine details match adds some serious credibility to both leaks.
We should know everything about the new EVO in just about 12 hours - the joint Sprint/HTC event starts at 5:30PM Eastern time (that's 2:30PM Pacific). Do I hear screams of excitement in the air? Or are those groans of indifference?
And the earlier leak showing the button bump on the bottom right: