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The HTC EVO 4G LTE is probably the most anticipated phone to ever makes its way to the Now Network (except maybe that other phone), and it in just ten days, you'll be able to claim one as your own. That's right, Sprint finally announced the release date for the newest edition to the EVO line, and it will be hitting shelves on May 18th for $199 with a two-year agreement.

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For anyone who hasn't already heard, the EVO LTE is the latest successor to Sprint's popular EVO line, and will be the third device to run on its upcoming LTE network.

Specs:

  • 4.7" 720p Super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 8MP camera with 1.3MP front shooter
  • 16GB onboard storage (expandable via MicroSD)
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE Connectivity
  • Google Wallet compatibility
  • Kickstand
  • Slick Unibody design
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0

The EVO LTE will be available in all retail channels and online, but if you want to guarantee one waiting for you on launch day, you can pre-order this little beasty now.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 09, 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 Friday, May 18, availability of the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO™ family, HTC EVO™ 4G LTE.

It will cost $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). Pre-order began May 7 at www.sprint.com/evo4glte.

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets the benchmark for Android devices this year with its incredible 4.7-inch screen, advanced camera features and future HD voice capabilities when combined with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its cutting-edge technology pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Sense™ 4. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to every part of the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting.

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. Beats Audio is enabled 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 EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, future HD voice capabilities2, 2000mAh embedded battery and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. It is powered by the Snapdragon™ S4 processor by Qualcomm, delivering best-in-class performance and a power efficient platform for exceptionally long battery life. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

“With the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we’re launching a true successor the original EVO, bringing a focus on innovation, design and industry-leading consumer experiences,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC America. “The millions of current and new EVO fans will appreciate our amazing camera that’s superfast, easy-to-use and takes video and photos at the same time as well as our enhanced audio experience that you need to hear to believe.”

Respected device critics are buzzing with excitement for HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few of the praises that poured in when it was announced earlier this month:

  • “The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a good looking phone and will make fans of Sprint's EVO line very, very happy. It packs every spec anyone could possibly ask for: dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch HD display, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system, enhanced by Sense 4.0. Oh, let's not forget the kickstand!” – Eric Zeman, Phonescoop
  • “The original superphone has been reborn.” – Mark Spoonauer, Laptop Magazine
  • “As for first impressions, I was shocked when I finally got to hold an EVO 4G LTE. In the presentation videos the phone looked thick and bulky. In person, it's anything but. It is thin, deceptively lightweight and absolutely beautiful.” – Gary Krakow, TheStreet.com
  • “Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It's an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package.” – Steve Kovach, Business Insider

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 smartphones – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

As part of the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch, Sprint will be giving customers a chance to share their LOVE on Facebook. To learn how you could enter for the chance to win UNLIMITED LOVE, make sure to visit Sprint’s Facebook page on May 18 for details.

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. The anticipated 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. 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, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.polishclub.org Jakub Glodek

    Preorder is already in, waiting sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503955569 Devon Geathers

      Lol u just reminded me that we're a month away from the new season of True Blood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503955569 Devon Geathers

    Now i just hope the'll let me upgrade a month early

    • http://twitter.com/pinksad Tyler

      if you're eligible on the first of June you can upgrade on the 18th of May, the earliest they can easily move an upgrade up is the 18th of the month before you're due

      • sprint nogo

        I'm June 1 and have had a impossible time getting them to budge even a day. They (3 different CS including retentions) say it's not possible with the system now. Pretty crappy service coming from premier. 

        • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Devon Geathers

           They'll help you.  You just have to ask them the day of.  They can only move it forward 2 weeks but they can't make the change in advance so on the 18th give them a call and ask them.

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

    Having checked it out here at CTIA in person, I can confirm that the black glossy top part of the back looks awful. The rest of the phone is gorgeous and exactly what you'd expect, but I want someone to make a replacement back for the top bit and make it available asap. If it could only make it match the bottom, I'd buy it in an instant.

    • Jesse813

      So the fact that the back top portion is not up to your standards is keeping you from buying this? SERIOUSLLY??!!

      Come on! You can get a cover for it and if you dont that shouldnt be enough of a reason to pass on this beast! Heck the SGS3 has all the BACK of it like that.

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

        I don't use cases on my phones. No, I'll still get it but it pains me to look at it every time.

    • Mei

      Thank you for confirming.  Aside from unremovable battery, I was not please when HTC choose to use cheap glossy plastic top cover.  Hm.. I wonder if third party will make and sell replacement cover with matte texture.

      Anyway, here's to hoping more new phones will come to Sprint soon, at least get more choices to choose from, such as Samsung Galaxy S3, LG Optimus LTE2, and Sony Xperia GX (looking to be a hot new phone).   

    • Conan

      I was watching the video part of Engadget's review of the EVO 4G LTE and remembered your comment when I saw the reviewer remove the back. As you can see in the attached picture, I'm not sure if the back can be replaced, as it looks like some of the antennae are part of the removable back portion.

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

        It looks like it could be some of those antennas stuck on that help the signal a bit. These are so cheap and so easy to implement, I'm sure aftermarket covers can do the same if needed.

  • http://www.motoask.com/ Motorola Atrix forum

    LTE phone with no LTE service.

  • fixxmyhead

    sprint: releases LTE phones

    doesn't have LTE up yet

    • Siefkes

      charges for LTE day one though. Nice.

      Even still sprint pricing is way better than everyone else.  Service could improve though.

      • Shawn

        When will you people learn. It is a "Smartphone charge" because all smartphones are going to use much more data. The Iphone without WiMax or LTE is also charged the fee. I'll still taker my unlimited data at a fraction of the cost of ATT and Verizons tiered plans especially when they complete the NV improvements

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1004582128 Roger Sellers

    "embedded battery" I'll assume means non-swappable. 

    • Lexster

      Yes, it'll not be possible to replace it yourself. I was upset at first, but honestly...I've never needed to switch out my battery before. If I ever need the extra juice, I can get a portable USB charger for it.

  • Lexster

    I am so switching to Sprint for this. Goodbye T-Mobile. As much as I really really wanted to get the next Nexus phone, hearing Samsung is making it yet again just deflates me. I HATE Samsung, especially after owning the Nexus S and having tons of problems.

  • Zpasc002

    I am upgrading to this from the original evo. My biggest concern is the battery. I constantly change roms and whenever there is an error I bull the battery, reboot into recovery, and fix the issue. With the LTE how would you "pull the battery" to hard reboot the phone?

    • xhazyx

      Hold both volume keys + power button for at least 5 seconds