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. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • havk

    Fuck’n butt!

  • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

    Hey waitaminute.

    Skip to 24 seconds in. Is that a evo 4g lte with dual cameras? Ala the 3d?

    • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

      That’s next year’s model. the EVO 3D LTE

  • Richard Yarrell

    This is better than any stupid Samsung moment that the biggest troll on androidandme squiddy20 has. Poor guy can’t afford to purchase any new devices what a sad world he lives in. Watch he will respond after me with some USELESS comment like always. My EVO FAMILY and friends

    • NotRelevent

      As if yours wasn’t just as equally useless, if not more than his would’ve been.

    • Lane Chapman

      Yeah I thought you switched to Verizon so you could have a *Samsung* Galaxy Nexus…

    • Loomis Peabody

      Haha, dude the only reason he hasn’t yet is cause you called him out. I swear that guy just chases you around this site. I don’t know man, maybe you should be flattered.

    • Steam

      “Poor guy can’t afford to purchase any new devices what a sad world he lives in” He doesn’t own an imaginary phone that doesn’t exist, unlike you, who suck at loying and revealed yourself to be completely full of shit.
      You are seriopusly projecting again, this time in full HD. You don’t own a GNex, Richard, stop trying to pretend that you do. Too many times, I’ve seen you post something that your imaginary GNex doesn’t or can’t do. I know a guy who makes over $800,000/year, and has an old Droid 2. Why? He isn’t a deranged maniac who hangs out in phone stores and drools on the phones. He also doesn’t care if he had the device that came out that week. That’s more money in a year than you will ever make for the rest of your life, and he has a Droid 2. Does that mean that he is “poor”, “useless”, a “bum”, are you fantasizing about piss and excrement right now as you always do?
      You finished your post with just “My EVO FAMILY and friends”. That doesn’t even make sense (nothing new there). What is that even supposed to mean? It doesn’t fit in with whatever context you were trying to established. You don’t have any friends with the possible exception of the EVO that the outreach program gave you, and it’s a phone, not a person. Maybe because your family is so completely screwed up (it’s incredibly easy to find out almost EVERYTHING about someone when they’re stupid enough to throw out their personal info, then act like an asshole, you didn’t think I was going to stop at that Red Door letter, did you?) you pretend that your EVO is your friend, mentor, and protector. I don’t even think it’s activated anymore, your spelling sucks, and smartphones have spell check.
      I like radishes <- that makes about as much sense as ending your post with "My EVO FAMILY and friends". You better lay off the drugs. If you're not doing any, go see the psychiatrist and the nice person will give you some, because God knows, YOU of all people neeed to be heavily medicated.

  • /\/\ix

    Glad to see Tobie found work, Michael is so mean.

  • WlfHart

    Fun video, makes me appreciate even more just how much effort goes into a phone.

    • dVyper

      Indeed. But now that HTC is allegedly focussing on far fewer handsets per year does that mean that they are going to have to lay off some o their designers…?

  • Burnd

    The Asian dude has brilliant commentary. 8D

  • khenie

    this is pretty cool! HTC is definitely on the right track! :)

  • morph

    with all this work that goes into design you’d think they’d get some focus groups of consumers together to give opinions on what they want and don’t want and what looks good vs what doesn’t.

    i’d say the overwhelming initial opinion is that the sprint version is anywhere between moderately ugly to completely hideous. why would it have been so difficult to get some opinions from real people about what an attractive phone is supposed to look like? are their egos that big or are they too busy slurping each other’s designs that they can’t step back and think what people outside the company would think of the phone?

    it’s utterly mind boggling how some products get produced..like at some point no one says..”whoa that is REALLY UGLY” or “wow this commercial is completely pointless but i’ll give this ad agency tons of money anyways”

  • atul0002

    i want to be on wat the asian dude is on.

  • Jon

    It still boggles the mind that US carries insist on having different shells for what are basically the same phone. HTC’s new position was that they wanted to move forward with a new much more streamlined product range (the one series), but they’ve already pushed that aside with this reskined job.

    Carriers should compete on price not small changes to the look of phones.

  • Gekko

    Asian dude says – “you tink it’s two pieces but NOoooo! it is one! how they do that???”