Apr 05 AT 2:56 PM Nick Gray 17 Comments

A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the HTC EVO 4G LTE


For HTC, developing a new phone is not only about the screen, processor and its internal components; it’s about creating a unique design people can notice and recognize as an HTC product. HTC has just shared a video that reveals how the HTC EVO 4G LTE was designed. To give you an idea of how complex the body of the handset is, HTC claims that more than 100 different machine cutters were used to create the unique look and design of the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

The soft-touch feel of the uni-body aluminum alloy shell on the HTC EVO 4G LTE is created with two different processors. The first is called blasting, in which the aluminum is blasted with sand and metal beads of different sizes to create the texture. The second process is a chemical etching process, which removes all the sharp peaks left by the blasting process.

The design team chose to give the HTC EVO 4G LTE a hairline finish along the edge of the device. HTC machined off the top layer of aluminum and treated it with a second anodizing step to create a polished feel that’s smooth to the touch. The process creates a two-tone look along the edge of the device, even though only one piece of aluminum is used.

Throughout the video, other concept designs of the HTC EVO 4G LTE can be spotted. It looks like HTC played around with the idea of EVO 4G LTE having 3D camera capabilities, no kickstand or even a polished aluminum kickstand. We also noticed that there are a few white aluminum uni-body shells around the HTC studio, along with at least two matching white back panels that cover the upper portion of the back of the phone. We don’t know if HTC and Sprint will be releasing a white variant of the phone, but it looks like someone in the design studio was at least playing around with the idea.

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE looks nothing like the HTC One series, but that’s because it’s an EVO. Since the look and feel of a phone is subject to personal taste, it’s hard to say if the general public will look at the EVO 4G LTE and be impressed. Having held it in my hand, I can say that it feels unlike any other phone HTC has ever produced. Is that a good thing? I’ll wait to answer that until I’m able to spend more than 20 minutes with the phone.

What do you think of the design process and the final look of the HTC EVO 4G LTE? If you spot any more design prototypes in the video, be sure to let us know.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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