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We've been hearing rumors about Sprint's version of the HTC One X for a few weeks now, and the pair just took the wraps off the device. Simply known as the HTC EVO 4G LTE (okay, so I was off by one letter and a number on the name speculation, whatever), this will likely be Sprint's flagship device at the time of launch, and will be one of the premier devices on its LTE network.

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  • 4.7-inch 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP f/2.0 28mm wide angle lens rear shooter, ImageSense, and a dedicated camera button (!) 
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • HD Voice with dual microphones (dual-core, dual mics, dual cameras, dual image)
  • 25GB of free cloud storage on Dropbox
  • Beats Audio
  • Unibody design with an aluminum spaceframe with anodized black finish and machined edge
  • NFC with Google Wallet support
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4
  • Kickstand, which supports the phone in landscape (90 and 270 degrees) and portrait orientations (the original EVO 4G could only do one of the four)
  • 2000mAh battery (compared to 1800mAh on the One X - nice)
  • LTE

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HTC_EVO_4G_LTE_Front HTC_EVO_4G_LTE_KickStand HTC_EVO_4G_LTE_Front_Angle

The device will be available for pre-order on May 7th for $199 with a two-year agreement, making this the upgrade option for owners of the original EVO 4G.

Update: Engadget has a great run-through:


NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE), April 04, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, announce the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO™ family: HTC EVO™ 4G LTE. HTC EVO 4G LTE focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available in the second quarter for $199.99 (excludes taxes and surcharges). The availability date will be announced later. Customers can sign up for updates today at www.sprint.com/evo4glte, and pre-order will begin Monday, May 7, at www.sprint.com.

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Sense™ 4. HTC EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, HD voice capabilities, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, large 2000mAh embedded battery and dual-cameras (8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing) with instant capture capability. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

With the launch of HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint becomes the first U.S. carrier to announce plans for a nationwide HD Voice network beginning in late 2012 as part of Sprint’s Network Vision program.

HD Voice is the next-generation evolution of voice quality and the future of voice communications for mobile phones. The service will provide fuller, more natural-sounding and less fatiguing voice quality and should reduce troublesome background noises often found in a cafe or on the street.2 Users should expect to identify voices and hear every word better than ever. Sprint's commitment to HD Voice starts with HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint’s first HD Voice capable device.

“Sprint has a long history of leading the wireless industry in innovation, and the debut of HTC EVO 4G LTE marks another chapter in that innovation story,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Once again, we are partnering with HTC to deliver the benchmark Android device for the year with the next generation of our award-winning EVO brand. We know our customers will appreciate the focus on audio and voice quality with EVO 4G LTE, including the addition of Beats Audio and HD Voice capability.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s first device with HTC’s Authentic Sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs.

HTC EVO 4G LTE incorporates Beats Audio across the entire phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTube™ video, or playing the latest hot game. HTC Sync Manager software also lets users easily get their music on the device from their PC, and it works with current programs, including iTunes®.

“The partnership between HTC and Sprint has resulted in one of the most popular and successful smartphone brands of all time with over 7 million EVO devices sold to date,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Corporation. “With HTC EVO 4G LTE, we've created a desirable successor that is sure to excite the millions of current EVO customers and beyond with HTC’s distinct design, amazing camera and authentic sound.”

ADVANCING SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

HTC EVO 4G LTE makes mobile photography and video easy and intuitive.

  • The on-screen photo and video buttons are right next to each other so users don’t have to switch modes. This allows the user to take video and still photos concurrently.
  • It makes the whole idea of “video mode” or “photo mode” irrelevant. While shooting a video, the user can just tap the shutter button and it captures a still image of that exact moment. Still images can also be captured during video playback.
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE’s camera has a super-fast start-up and auto-focus time. With the fast auto-focus, users can easily stay with a moving object or person, taking numerous pictures just by holding the shutter button.

In addition, HTC ImageSense™ technology combines hardware and software advancements to the camera lens, sensor and software, including integration of a new custom HTC ImageChip, to take great photos even in adverse conditions. The best-in-class f/2.0 camera lens lets in 44 percent more light than the lenses used on most camera phones. The Smart Flash also adjusts the flash strength based on how far away the object is, so users won’t get photos where everything looks washed out.

REFINED STYLE AND DESIGN

Crafted from aluminum spaceframe in an anodized black finish, HTC EVO 4G LTE delivers cutting-edge function and style in a thin and distinctive design. The smartphone’s 4.7-inch display and 80-degree viewing angle makes it easier to share pictures and video with others. The multiposition kickstand allows users to watch videos hands-free.

HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones3 – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year 2012. Sprint 4G LTE will enable faster speeds for data applications, and the enhanced 3G service promises better signal strength, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance. The launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. Whether a Sprint customer is using a smartphone to share a video, checking the Web via a mobile hotspot, Sprint 4G LTE will make it easier. And, when someone makes an important voice call, they can expect to find a clearer connection and a stronger signal in more areas. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • doug

    I was hoping for a bigger battery.

    • Justified

      That is not even the real issue. Phonescoop has reported the LTE radio to be only on the 1900mhz band. Same as the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Problem being that the 1900mhz band is a stop gap until Sprint can change their 800mhz iDen network over to LTE next year. The 1900mhz band will not be nation wide (very limited spectrum and markets) until Sprint can roll out the 800mhz band nationwide and implement voice over LTE. Once that finally happens however many years from now Sprint will be able to change over the rest of their 1900mhz CDMA spectrum to LTE.

      Basically the 1900mhz LTE radio in these first Sprint LTE devices is only works on a spectrum that will never be nationwide in these devices lifetime.

  • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

    4.7" HD 720p Super LCD display
    1.5 GHz dual core processor
    8.0MP primary camera
    1.3MP front-facing camera
    Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    Google Wallet™
    Beats Audio™, for authentic sound
    HD Voice capable
    An easy-to-use kickstand

  • Doug Ranger

    Any word on built in storage? or SD card?

  • Bazar6

    HTC still f*ed up the kickstand, putting the bottom on the same side as the USB port. Guess they didn't learn with the tbolt.

  • Bo

    Drop the 4g damnit! Evo LTE is fine.

  • Ryan

    I'm in! I have a feeling this thing is going to make the same impact as the OG Evo in terms of market share and developer support. I'm not in love with sprint, but I'm even less in love with the alternatives, so Evo 4G BBQ LTE it is!

  • John

    Second sentence has a duplication error:

    "Simply known as the EVO EVO 4G LTE"

    Should be "Simply known as the HTC EVO 4G LTE."

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, fixed that one.

  • Ishiken

    So it has a new body design I see. it doesn't really have that unibody design the other One series phones have. Sadly, It looks better than the original One X. Go Sprint!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They are still calling it unibody, but I really don't like that distinct block on the bottom. Wish it could be seamless.

  • herplederp

    hahahaha so its like an amaze 4g, slightly bigger screen, and no capacative search button

    • Tommy

      It doesn't look like an Amaze 4G at all.

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      U srs bro? It looks nothing like the Amaze 4G.

  • Rob

    They've deviated quite a bit from the One X designs that have been floating around in pictures on the internet. Not sure I like the EVO LTE the way it is currently configured and it seems that a WHITE option isn't going to be available initially. I think the ONE X looks sharp in white after coming from many years of black, gray and silver phones.

    I guess the Galaxy Nexus is still in the running.

  • Pauly D

    I though the One Series on Sprint was to have a quad core phone. Other then the camera this is a nexus basically, now no reason to wait. I"ll be getting the Nexus.

    • tjwoo

      You do know the MSM8960 S4 Krait processor outperforms the Tegra 3 in most benchmarks, and runs laps around Gnexus'
      TI OMAP 4460

      • Pauly D

        Ahh So it is the Krait, well then that changes things a bit. I must have missed where it said what kind of processor was in it. Thanks for the info :)

      • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

        That's what most thought.

        Tegra 3 just did 4500 on quadrant with HTC one X.

        About on par with the S4 and the S4 is not even a retail version that was tested.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        I love it when people make uninformed decisions based on absolutely nothing.

  • Alex C

    Can Verizon get some One-series love, PLEASE??

    • Anjie

      verizon is like the apple of the carriers in the US. They are dicks lol, they either get everything their way or nothing

  • Toshistation

    Finally, a worthy successor to the original EVO 4G. I never cared for the EVO 3D, not just because 3D is a stupid useless gimmick, but also because it lacked much of the charm of the first EVO. And because it was so quickly overshadowed by the Photon 4G, then the iPhone, and then was finally made defunct by the Epic 4G Touch. Hopefully, Sprint will give this EVO a solid two months of true Flagship-ery before they release whatever their next NEXT flagship is.

  • Allen

    I am not so sure about that "embedded battery" ...does that mean we can't replace the battery ie. the i-Phone?

    • Tommy

      Embedded - To fix firmly in a surrounding mass

    • Anjie

      yep :[ non-removable=embedded, a play on words to make it sound cooler when it's just something stupid -_-

    • Anjie

      *non-removable battery

  • Ken

    Hey HTC, how about we get with the times and turn those capacitive buttons into soft, on-screen buttons, eh?

    • Tommy

      On screen buttons are optional on 4.0, not a requirement.

  • Zachary

    What happened to Super LCD 2?

  • Rogue2204

    I really dislilke the non-user removable battery. I have 2 for my epic and I never have to worry about running out of juice.

  • Golightly

    1GB RAM? What year is this!?

    • cowgaR

      it is year of Nokia Lumia 900 - Windows Phone flagship with 512MB of RAM

      or iPhone 4S with 512MB of RAM...

      or?

      go troll somewhere else

      • Golightly

        Troll? It was a legitimate post. I have an Atrix 4G, released well over a year ago, it features 1GB of RAM.

        Why are you talking about WP7(8?) and iOS devices? This is an Android blog. I have an Android phone, will be upgrading to another Android phone later this year, I have zero interest in phones running other OSes.

        Forgive me for wanting more than 1GB of RAM. These phones have the power to run desktop OSes(ie. Ubuntu) via an HD dock., so >1GB is quite useful in such applications. Sure, you can run Ubuntu with 512MB, or Mint with 256MB, but with 2GB you can do a lot more. I want future-proof, not a phone with specs(processor aside) comparable to my current phone. I just benchmarked 4151(would be higher if I went back to CM7 instead of CM9) on Quadrant, not stock, but with rooting/BLunlocking, the Atrix was future-proofed. Most of these new phones are slight upgrades and will be greatly surpassed in less than 6 months, even with mods. No doubt this HTC will still run like a top out-of-the-box for the average user, but I want more, lots more. More RAM, more storage, more mAh, more GHz(well, this a stretch, because 1.5GHz stock is more than enough), more cores(GPU cores of course).

        Go troll another Android blog with your posts about completely unrelated phones.

  • Reala

    Should have been released as the evo 2. This thing is ugliness. Samsung saw this and said looks like there won't be competition from htc this year.

  • Chris McIntosh

    Reala what does sammy have coming dow the pipeline for sprint and when, im itching for a new phone

  • Kisha

    Will it come in white?

  • Jaz

    At first I wasn't impressed with the look but after the engadget video I am really impressed. Although I will be sticking with my 3d till it is updated to 4.0 and maybe by then the evo lte will have gone down in price.

  • Isidhu

    Dont care what comes after it (something better probably in the next six months). Dont care if white is comming (although that would be awesome). Dont care if this is the One series or not. Dont care what they call it. SPRINT just take my money and send me my OG Evo successor.

  • Davidk

    It states up to 32Gb Micro, but I have been using SanDisk 64Gb MicroSDXC class 6 for almost 2 weeks, no problem in my Photon. Just format as NTFS. You can format FAT32, but you cannot read/write files over 4Gb. Just a little F.Y.I.

    Also, dont get it from SandDisk, newegg has them for $99.00. Save you $60.00!

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