It's nothing new for images or specs of a device to leak prior to its announcement, but this time it does dash the hopes of some Android fans to bits. The Samsung SPH-L300 for Sprint was first leaked in a user profile that lacked any real information. It was put forth that this could be the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S III already in testing, but if this new leak is to be believed, this is a completely different and thoroughly mid-range device.
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.
Looks like Sprint's underling companies have been busy working on bringing the first taste of 4G to the pay-as-you-go market. Piggybacking off of Sprint's 4G WiMax network, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will both begin offering one 4G-capable smartphone each on May 31st: the HTC EVO V 4G on Virgin and the EVO Design 4G will be representing all that WiMax has to offer on Boost.
HTC EVO V 4G
The EVO V appears to be some sort of rehash of the EVO 3D:
- 4.3-inch qHD display
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter with 3D imaging, 1.3MP front camera
- 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
- 1730mAh battery
- Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6
There's no word on processor or clock speed, but I'll be surprised if it's not the same 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon that's in the original EVO 3D.
Want to hear more about the EVO 4G LTE? Good! Because we have a release date for you! And if you don't like that one, we have another one. According to Wirefly's pre-order FAQ page, this slick beast will be unleashed on May 18th. Sprint's own pre-order confirmations seem to lend some credence to this idea, stating that pre-order will begin to ship as early as May 15th.
Sprint's promotional email also supports this, stating that the pre-order offer ends May 17th, which would make sense if the next day is launch day.
By now, the One X and Galaxy S III fanboys have set up shop and are ready to wage war. If you're in the One X camp, but you prefer Sprint to AT&T, the EVO 4G LTE is what you're after. Pre-orders have gone live today. Wirefly, however, has a special deal going on today: $50 off the normal $200 price tag.
If you're looking to jump ship to Sprint, or if you're an existing customer at the end of your contract, you qualify for the discount.
Historically, Best Buy hasn't been the most, shall we say, reliable company when it comes to... well, anything. The most recent display of typographical error on Best Buy's part comes from the pre-order page for the upcoming HTC EVO LTE. Looks like Best Buy thinks it's the phone of the year - it has the off-contract price listed as $100k. Ha!
While the $100k price tag may indeed be a humorous error, there is a silver lining: if you actually pre-order the phone from BB, you get a $50 gift card upon activation.
Update: Annnnd, it's live. Go reserve yours today.
We already knew that Sprint's HTC One X-inspired EVO 4G LTE would be available for preorder on May 7th, but Sprint recently issued a friendly reminder to its customers, publishing a live countdown page which ends tomorrow morning at 6am PST and promises viewers a chance to "call dibs" on the latest addition to the carrier's "most adored family of smartphones." Starting tomorrow, the EVO 4G LTE can be preordered for $199 with a new two-year agreement or eligible upgrade.
If you're yearning to get a Sprint-connected Galaxy Nexus but missed Wirefly's pre-order deal, you're in luck – Amazon Wireless is offering one of the Now Network's first LTE devices for just $149.99 with a new activation or eligible upgrade, a $50 discount over Sprint's normal subsidized price of $199.99.
Just in case you've forgotten what makes the Galaxy Nexus an awesome device, here are its specs one more time:
4.65" 720p Super AMOLED display
Sprint LTE Connectivity
NFC (With Google Wallet Support)
1.2GHz Dual-Core OMAP 4460 Processor
5MP Camera / 1.3MP Front Shooter
Pure Android Experience
If you want to get your hands on Sprint's Galaxy Nexus and save about $50 at the same time, just hit the source link below and take advantage of the deal.
A small OTA update started rolling out the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint this morning that brings but one enhancement to the device: the Sprint Connections Optimizer. Never heard of it? It's actually pretty neat.
It's basically a location-aware service that can enable/disable Wi-Fi and WiMax based on user defined variables (much like Tasker or Locale). For example, it can automatically turn on Wi-Fi when it knows you're at home or the office.
If you've been following the Galaxy S III news today, you know it has a banging new Exynos 4 quad-core processor that absolutely obliterates benchmarks. The problem is that the Exynos 4 platform is quite old at this point (for a mobile chipset), and was never designed to support LTE. That's why devices like the Galaxy S II Skyrocket don't use an Exynos chip. Devices with Exynos 4 chips that do, like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, use an external one - adding thickness and increasing power consumption.