Apr 04 AT 5:02 PM Nick Gray 61 Comments

Sprint’s Dan Hesse unveils the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint’s variant of the HTC One X, was unveiled today at Sprint’s press event in New York city. Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, took the stage during the press event, showing off what will be Sprint’s flagship smartphone for the summer.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE features a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera with an f2.0 lens BSI sensor, dedicated imaging chip and HTC’s new Image Sense technology. Other specifications include a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, NFC, LTE and a 2000 mAh battery which will keep the EVO 4G LTE up and running for over 24 hours.

One of the new unique features found of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is HD Voice. The feature uses voice over LTE in combination with noise cancelling technology on the handset to deliver extremely clear audio calls.

From a design standpoint, the HTC EVO 4G LTE features a uni-body annodized aluminum shell similar to other HTC devices. HTC has brought back the kickstand (painted red) which is featured prominently as a design feature on the back side of the handset. The placement of the kickstand would make most people think that they would be able to use in only in landscape mode, but HTC’s engineering magicians have created a dual-directional kickstand which works in landscape and portrait more – giving user the flexability allowed by the thicker kickstand featured on the HTC Thunderbolt.

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE willbe available for pre-order of May 7 for $199.99, with a launch date scheduled for later in Q2.

Is the HTC EVO 4G LTE from Sprint the One you’ve been waiting for?

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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  • Poosh2010

    did they say whether it has a micro SD slot???

  • Alfonso Liendo

    I was waiting for the Galaxy Nexus but I think I’m gonna hold on for this one. Looks awesome.

    • Triplanetary

      That’s exactly what I decided, too.

      • LukeT32

        I love my Gnex, but our it’s old news at this point. Don’t know why anyone would pick it over the EVO.

        • eallan

          REALLY? You can’t think of why? How about the entire pile of software on the phone.

          • Jake Gall

            My htc Rezound kicks the Gnex in the balls despite having gingerbread and sense, now once we get our hand on ICS it will surpass the gnex, hardwarewise alone the Rezound is better. So I’d bet this will be q solid device.

          • Jake Gall

            Ofcourse I get a thumbs down from gnex fans

  • Kevin

    Does anyone think that your can’t preorder it until May 7th because AT&T is going to release it on May 6th?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Not one bit. Sprint and AT&T are in direct competition. If anything, Sprint would want to offer pre-orders for the phone before AT&T launches in order to steal some of their competition.

  • surg3d

    Not a big fan of the shiny plastic in the back. Still looks like a great phone though.

    • B_RadG

      since the shiney black cover is removable I can’t see why if enough ppl dislike it that HTC won’t make a replacement cover for it.

  • Mustin

    I think this is a pretty good upgrade from my EVO 3D. I’m really hoping this HD audio will allow for video recordings that don’t sound like the apocalypse. We always have to record band practice on my friend’s iPhone because no Android phone seems to get decent audio. Also looking forward to the camera.

  • dVyper

    2000mAh aint at all much of an improvement… Seems like the 1800mAh in the X will be fine..

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Based on what we’re seen with review of the One X and One S, the extra juice in this battery should give the phone an extra 2-3 hours of life during regular use.

  • koorsr

    Seem like a worthy replacement for my original Evo. Now the debate starts Evo 4G LTE or Galaxy Nexus.

    • sunrise

      On sprint, Evo 4G.
      Galaxy Nexus too late into the game, and too slow compared to Krait S4.

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

        I agree. Especially HTC will probably release a tool to unlock it officially, which means you can count on 3rd party ROM that can give you a stock experience if that’s what you want to use.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    This is going to be cool up until the Galaxy S3 is announced.

  • triangle

    This device looks like the not-as-good-looking sister of the fine One X. But for what is lacks in looks, it seems to make up in other ways. The return of the kickstand, the dedicated camera button and addition of a micro-SD slot are all improvements over the One X. It has all of the other goodness of the One X from a feature standpoint, like the impressive 4.7 inch SLCD2 HD screen, S4 processor with LTE, along with improved camera and beats.

    It’s really a question of design vs. the extra features when you compare it to the One X, but I think Evo 4G LTE will probably be a very nice device and the best device on Sprint until something better comes along.

  • BigCiX

    I hope at&t’s version has a SD card.

    • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

      I don’t think that’s going to happen. HTC was able to fit one into the Evo because it doesn’t need the microSIM slot.

  • Joel

    So….they’re calling it the exact same name as the device that they release 2+ years ago and adding LTE on the end.

    Sigh.

    Anyway nice move on the kickstand, didn’t see that one coming.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Whoa O_O Nice device!

  • woo woo woo woo

    its so ugly it makes me sick, I really wanted this phone too.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    I’m disappointed in the look. mostly due to the glossy plastic top of the back.
    I really wish they stuck to their One X design.

  • FireFrost

    This is my next phone for sure! You can soon retire, my trusty little Hero. 2 1/2 year tour of duty, I salute you.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      If you’re going from the HTC Hero to the EVO 4G LTE, you’re in for a huge shock. It’ll be like going from a feature phone to a smartphone all over again.

  • txbluesman

    Nice hardware. I think I am going to see what else pops up between now and the actual release of the EVO.

  • uknowme

    Sounds pretty enticing! I have to wait until next year though.

  • Nathan D.

    Well the name was off a little bit but this phone is beast if I don’t say so myself.

  • Nate B.

    It doesn’t look bad but not as attractive as the One X. I’m glad people are looking past that and seeing it as an awesome device still. The looks will not power the phone.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Hmmmm let’s see… Micro sdcard check. Kickstand check. CAMERA BUTTON!! Check. Recepie for the perfect phone. Check.

    • glennw

      The only thing it’s missing is a replaceable battery.

    • Omar

      Oh yes. If the galaxy s3 dosent have a camera button its a no go.

  • jamal adam

    Isn’t the calling it EVO 4G LTE a bit redundant.

    • honourbound68

      no because the evo 4g was for wimax

  • The Fan

    Where is the sim card slot? So Sprint will be the only carrier without using sim cards.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    And its 200! Cmon tmo get this with hspa+ 42 and support for your future lte :)

  • honourbound68

    Wait are they misusing the definition of voice over lte? It’s supposed to mean that you can talk and use data at the same time. Wth?

  • Anshul

    The HTC One X was a really good name..and a great hardware. Give it to the fragmented US carriers to further fragment a rather exceptional phone like the One X and give it an asinine name like the Evo One LTE and completely rework the guts of the hardware.

    The rest of the world uses a single model- HTC One X, the US carriers rebrand it across 5 different ways with different hardware and firmware. Everyone accuses the Android platform of being fragmented..while it is in reality fragmented *only* in the US

  • Shawn Clark

    Well…i think i will most definitely be passing up my EVO 3D to get my hands on that EVO…well worth the anticipation…Thanks HTC and Sprint.

  • the tallone

    Does anyone know if this version will support AWS like AT&T’s version?

  • stacks

    Yeeessssss, I had it in my mind that Sprint would one-up the already awesome One X, and they did. Micro sd slot, bigger battery, still slim design, red ascents and a Kickstand. I used the Kickstand alot with the Evo 4g, i missed it with the Evo 3d, and now its back. Some people (haters) complain that the camera lens still sticks out, but if you look at the pictures you’ll see that the bezel is what sticks out; the lens itself is a lot deeper. Sprint and HTC listen to complaints and fix them. Sense is alot lighter, better camera, LTE, Bigger battery, and a beautiful screen. I was open to switching to samsung S3 but i doubt its going to offer anything new. Dont need quad core on phones but they are awesome on tablets.

  • Dave Kratter

    One feature that no one seems to have mentioned is that you can connect the phone via wifi to a TV that supports it. I was at the private Sprint/HTC event tonight, and one of the reps was very proud of what they were calling Media Link HD. You just swipe downward on the home screen with 3 fingers, and it’ll wirelessly connect to a TV that has an adapter that will display the phone’s contents on the TV. It’s basically wireless MHL.

  • finndogg

    What no comments from the EVO MASTER YARNELL, I figured he’d be wanting to jump ship. Sorry just had to say that…. I will probably be replacing my original EVO with this ASAP.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I am happy for my sprint friends. They went out of their way to make the Evo Lte with extra features benefitial to sprint customers. Good job by HTC and SPRINT

    • Loomis Peabody

      What the hell Rich, no applause?

      • Richard Yarrell

        Here is my RESPONSE….I am happy for my sprint family and EVO friends if you have the original granddaddy then YES it’s time for an update. If you have an EVO 3D you should consider an upgrade sprint will work it out for you they always do. Same goes for the EVO design 4g customers call up sprint and see what they will do for you from an upgrade standpoint. The EVO 4G LTE is the BEST EVO in the family plain and simple. Myself being a former evo 4g and evo 3d owner I am happily on verizon enjoying my GALAXY NEXUS the best stock android device on the market. I would love to return to sprint down the line but they will have too get that network of the ground with LTE here in New York city and prove how good it is compared to Verizon and At&t. Truthfully with the upcoming GALAXY S3 and GALAXY NOTE2/JOURNAL and upcoming NEXUS in December 2012 it’s hard to say if this EVO 4G LTE can stand up to the competition we will find out. Snapdragon s3 vs Snapdragon s4 what is really the real world difference between the two that is what someone needs to place up on a video so people can see what the difference really is in daily usage. I am pretty sure it won’t be much of a day to day usage difference plus I would love for someone to put up a comparison video SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 EPIC TOUCH 4G vs HTC EVO 4G LTE I bet that exynos processor on the epic touch is still faster than the snapdragon s4 in the evo 4g lte just a thought…Hail to Dan Hesse and HTC

        • Loomis Peabody

          Whoa, that’s quite response there bud… You know I’m just teasin ya about the applause thing right. Anyway I like your idea about the epic4gtouch vs this new evo lte. Exynos makes a mean processor, I’d be curious to see the outcome for sure.

  • squiddy20

    What “friends” could you possibly be talking about Richard? You only have 56 “friends” on Google+, and most of them are people/groups that accept requests from anyone and everyone.

    • Richard Yarrell

      At least I am on Google Plus and Facebook….We already know your not because you love to hide behind FAKE NAMES on the internet. Your a COWARD and if anyone knew who you really were you’d get your ASS KICKED. So yeah KEEP HIDING coward…

      • squiddy20

        1. Who’s this “we” you’re always speaking of? I only ever see you coming up with these laughably miserable attempts at insults. I only ever see *you alone* commenting “against” me. Maybe are you talking about the voices in your head?
        2. How do you *know* I don’t have a Facebook or Google+ account? You don’t know my real name (which is used on my Facebook, and would be if I had the inclination to want a G+ account), nor do I have my Facebook linked in any way to any Disqus account or here. Not because I’m a “coward” or “scared” (who’d be scared of your sorry ass?), but because it’s smarter to have you’re information at least somewhat scattered and separate so no one person could find out *everything* about you (like you for instance). If I wanted to waste my time, I could easily find you and confront you in person, you’ve put all you’re info out there. Despite your attempts at hiding your Youtube account, it can still be accessed through your G+ account, making every stupid video you’ve made with your “grandaddy” Evo 4G viewable to anyone with an inclination to google “richard yarrell”. Googling “squiddy” or “squiddy20″ will only yield you comments on forums and articles, but nothing substantive about *the real me*. I can’t wait till the day you piss someone off juuust enough that they actually come to your doorstep and beat the sh*t out of you. God knows it wouldn’t be all that hard to find you.

      • Steam

        “At least I am on Google Plus and Facebook”. Everybody is. So what? Shall I write the Nobel committee? What the hell does posting on a comment board have to do with having a page on a social networking site? Obviously, you know nothing about computers, and internet jargon (THAT is how “jargon” is used). “Fake names”, as you call them, are called “Screen Names”, like a “handle” on a CB radio. You’ve never even touched a computer before 2007, and the most advanced thing you’ve ever had in your hands for any length of time was an EVO. Until recently, you referred to everyone with an @ before their name, because you, apparently, thought everything was Twitter. You’re an incredible waste of DNA. I still think the Bowery Mission took you in and completely ignored your mental issues just to see what would happen.
        Also, I don’t know where you get this tough guy attitude. You’re a little bitch, you’re not a bad ass, you don’t even know what tough is. You’re just a mangy little ghetto rat. “…didn’t know how to manage street life”, “…never even touched a computer”. http://boweryapplications.org/Images/mmDocument/Red%20Door%20Jun2007.pdf

      • Steam

        “At least I am on Google Plus and Facebook”. Everybody is. So what? Shall I write the Nobel committee? What the hell does posting on a comment board have to do with having a page on a social networking site? Obviously, you know nothing about computers, and internet jargon (THAT is how “jargon” is used). “Fake names”, as you call them, are called “Screen Names”, like a “handle” on a CB radio. You’ve never even touched a computer before 2007, and the most advanced thing you’ve ever had in your hands for any length of time was an EVO. Until recently, you referred to everyone with an @ before their name, because you, apparently, thought everything was Twitter. You’re an incredible waste of DNA. I still think the Bowery Mission took you in and completely ignored your mental issues just to see what would happen.
        Also, I don’t know where you get this tough guy attitude. You’re a little bitch, you’re not a tough guy, you don’t even know what tough is. You’re just a mangy little dirtbag. “…didn’t know how to manage street life”, “…never even touched a computer”. http://boweryapplications.org/Images/mmDocument/Red%20Door%20Jun2007.pdf

  • Christopher

    And verizon gets the second rate droid unincredible 4g -_-

  • Pete Down Under

    It has a button for the camera has it? If so I love it!

    Damn annoying using the camera on the DHD as well as the poorly placed volume rocker switch.

  • yankeesusa

    I’m looking forward to this camera for sure. Just last night with my evo 3d, I had to put it back in my pocket because I couldn’t take pictures due to how slow the camera works. Had to use my wife’s iphone to take decent pictures. Looking forward to having a good camera finally especially since I take most of my pictures with my phone.