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In a fascinating new video titled "Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE," HTC explains the ins and outs of Sprint's One X variant, from the conceptualization of its design, to decisions surrounding build quality, materials, and a pretty interesting explanation of the new EVO's soft-touch unibody form.
Senior Director of Advanced Materials Chris Porter details the EVO's soft-touch feel in the video, explaining that the device has a "warm, velvety, soft-touch feel as opposed to a harder, rougher, cold metal feel." Porter explains that creating the effect involves sand/grit-blasting the device's frame, followed by a light chemical etching process to remove the sharp "peaks." The EVO's design also utilizes around 100 custom-designed machine cutters, used to create exactly the right geometry and feel for each device.
The Android Police Podcast is back for another week of... whatever it is we do. Let's get down to it, this week's topics are:
- Carrier 411
- Sprint says it's not going to sell any more WiMAX devices, which is great news if you have a track record of paying no attention to anything ever and buying electronics literally months after they become obsolete.
- Return of the Google Drive Rumors
- Three stories about the HTC One Series and a number joke I can't come up with.
When it comes to rumors, the day before the press conference announcing a device often turns out to be the most reliable. Just such a rumor has landed today, in the form of a purported "press photo" of Sprint's EVO One (at least, that's the rumored name).
Now, I don't want to be a Debbie-downer here, but there are a few things that make this "press photo" look like less than the real McCoy (though I'm not outright calling it a fake - so read on).
If you're at all into TV, you've heard of Hulu. Chances are, you're watching something on Hulu right now on your PC, phone, XBOX360, Wii, Roku, PS3, iPad, 3DS, or any of the other supported devices. The list is pretty long, but until today it had one glaring omission - Android tablets. Sure, some tablets, like the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, or the Vizio VTAB, were already supported, but they were running Gingerbread and didn't have a proper tablet UI.
It's only been a couple years since the EVO launched as not only the first WiMax phone, but the first "4G" phone (by carrier reckoning). Now, though, Sprint says that not only will there be no more WiMax phones, which we knew earlier, but no more WiMax devices at all. That means hotspots and tablets will also lack any WiMax antennae. Don't worry, though. Sprint has promised 15 LTE devices by year's end.
So here we go - the rumor mill is really starting to churn out some seemingly solid details about Sprint's supposed version of the upcoming HTC One X. We first heard about this device shortly after the One X's official announcement back at Mobile World Congress, then rumored to be called the Jewel. Rumors later suggested the name internal name was actually Jet, but few other details have made their way to the masses - until now.
I briefly suggested that the name of the device could be the EVO LTE, as it's said to be the newest successor in the EVO line.
The Android Police Podcast is back - and this week's episode is one you won't want to miss. Unless you really want to miss it, in which case, It's OK, we'll forgive you. But just this once.
Down to business, this week's topics (with links for your convenience).
Android Police Podcast Episode 3 Breakdown
- Attack Of The Galaxy S III Rumors! Starring:
In late February, we reported on a rumored HTC device very similar to the ONE X potentially heading to Sprint called the Jewel. New information about this device has now surfaced thanks to the crew over at S4GRU, but it turns out that it may not be codenamed Jewel after all - internally, it's being called the Jet.
The Jet is said to be identical to the One X in every way, except it's packing CDMA1X/EV-DO/LTE radios instead of the GSM/LTE radios of its AT&T counterpart.