If you have an EVO 4G LTE from Sprint, you may want to take a closer look at your unit before your initial 30 14 days are up if you're still within that timeframe. Some users over at XDA are reporting that their devices are experiencing light bleed around the home button when the button is lit up and the display is darkened. If you want to test out your unit, the app Dead Pixel Test can help.


The image above was taken in a long-exposure shot in a dark room, so the light bleed issue shouldn't be quite so noticeable. Nevertheless, the faulty unit on the right clearly has the 20th Century Fox searchlights some obvious light bleed. The replacement unit on the left, not so much. Users are reporting that both Sprint and Best Buy stores are willing to replace units with light bleed issues, but at the moment neither company has offered official statement on the matter, so your mileage may vary by retail employees.

If you're having any issues, let us know in the comments. Photos are even better, of course.

Source: XDA

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  • fixxmyhead

    like always HTC in the news again for there faulty phones. typical HTC

    • Lexster

      Right, because it's not like every single manufacturer these days doesn't have a fault of some kind. Typical...everyone.

      • fixxmyhead

        HTC - One X with wifi issues covered a couple days ago also with the screen issue (pressing on the side causes some colors to morph, One S chipping when they said it wouldnt, and now this and these are there flagships ...wow.  i havent seen any samsung phones in the news lately. keep spending your money on this so called "superior build quality" that all the fanboys tout about. HTC build quality and quality control is garbage

        • Lexster

          You haven't, huh? Well, let's see, the Nexus S was ravaged by capacitive button problems where the back and home buttons would just flicker and press all by themselves. The Nexus Galaxy also has had reception problems (
          http://androidcommunity.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-significant-signal-issues-arise-20111216/ ). The Nexus S is prone to random rebooting. Oh, there's also the fact that the Nexus S would tell me I ran out of space for apps when it was really only half full. No, Samsung has no faults at all. Grow up. If you seriously think there is a phone out there with absolutely no flaws, you're fooling yourself.

          • fixxmyhead

            i know phones have there faults but HTC just has too many an on there flagships being release so soon after the other u would think they would have improved upon it by now. the nexus is freaking old dont even compare it to that  and the new one thats verizons fault as the GSM doesnt have this issue its cuz of there stupid cdma/lte radio code which is strictly software based.

        • Simon Belmont

          So, you feel the need to rub it in if people are experiencing issues? Nice.

          Why not just say "I hope they can get a replacement or I hope HTC will fix the issue on the assembly line?" Such negativity is crass and uncalled for.

          • fixxmyhead

            im just tired of HTC fanboys thinking that HTC is the best.htc fanobys are in denial when it comes to things like this cuz its HTC they only make "superior sexy fashionable phones with good build quality" i swear they overlook the defects and keep touting only good things and fail to realize the flaws in the one series which are suppose to be flagships  and other phones. they have terrible quality control and im willing to bet that new HTC droid incredible2 that hasnt even been released  for verizon is gonna have some sort of defect.

          • Simon Belmont

            Replying to myself since I can't reply any lower in the tree to fixxmyhead. Anyway, people do that type of thing for anything they buy and not just for HTC or even just for smartphones in general.

            It's called post-purchase rationalization: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-purchase_rationalization . It just seems odd that you single HTC fans out for this. No offense, but it makes you seem needlessly angry about the whole thing.

          • Whysoez

            He's probably some 30 year old live-in-his-mom's-basement-knowitall-who-has-nothing-better-to-do.  I mean, honestly, if you're going to be angry about something, you could at least spell things properly, so you might have some credibility.

        • Thedante69

          And who are you anyway? A senior executive at freakin Samsung?(lol) Why all the HTC bashing?  Sounds like yer just another fanboy to me. A Samsung fan. Ive got an HTC EVO 4G LTE and i am not experiencing any of the stuff that the people in this forum are crying about. I guess i have one of the good models. "They do exist ya know!!" And im not a newbie...This is my 8th smartphone in five years and the best ive ever had. HTC ROCKS!! THE NEW EVO IS KING! -From Brooklyn with Love!......

          • fixxmyhead

            I just like Samsung cuz they perform better than HTC.they have better phones gs2, galaxy nexus, note,gs3 all great phones that have made a killing too granted must were from last year but still better than most of HTCs line up prior to the one series.I'm no expert but they gotta be number 1 for a reason right

            Also no going through "samsungdev.com" just to unlock a bootloader

  • dalex7777

    No hint of this whatsoever on my unit. And the screen to bezel fit is tighter than a hipster's girl jeans on a Friday night. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I like the cut of your jib. Keep saying words the way you say them.

  • Ryan

    My LTEvo has very little light bleed between the home and back arrow. Also when the room is dark the proximity sensor doesn't work and the screen will not come back on after a phone call.

  • Ruben

    My Sensation has a similar issue. Never been that notable and it does not affect my use of the device at all. I had my phone replaced when the screen broke and the refurb one did the same. It is barely noticeable so this may be an issue with HTC for a while. Hard to tell.

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

    I have this - 2 light bleeds above the home and back buttons pretty noticeable in the dark now that I know they're there.

    If I had the choice, I'd rather deal with light bleeds than the totally screwed up multitasking and aggressive killing of background apps - it's terrible and deal-breaking. Raaaaage.

  • Lexster

    Nope, no issues with mine.

  • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

    Its actually typical of HTC phones. While HTC does come up with phones that feels more expensive than they actually are, they fail a lot in the phones' quality control. The One series suffers from this, their previous flagships suffers from this, the plastic bits in their phones doesn't quite match the aluminum body, etc. Honestly, I'm fine with some of these issues as long as they don't affect the phone's usability. 

  • Caleb Escamilla

    i have an issue were the home button gets pressed on its own...ill be in an app and boom the home button sencer goes off and takes me home and it gets supper anoing when your watching a movie or reading a book and not doing anything to the phone....dose anyone ells have this issue???

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    just another reason why its time to get rid of the hardware buttons ;-)

  • Brett S.

    Tell me something guys and gals, do we really have nothing better to complain about than minutiae such as this? 

  • Byrd940

    Mines have this issue but USC! love the phone and I'm just waiting on the LTE

  • Dealman09

    Yep I have it but its only one side not two also I has to be really dark to notice

  • http://wakoopa.com/yo2boy yo2boy

    That's NOTHING compared to the HTC Amaze....