Apr 04 AT 6:36 PM Nick Gray 71 Comments

The HTC EVO 4G LTE (we’re still getting used to the name) is finally here. If you have seen the software on the HTC EVO One X or One S, the EVO 4G LTE isn’t going to offer anything new for you. The handset features Android 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 4.0, ImageSense camera technology and Beat Audio. What makes the EVO 4G LTE stand out from the HTC One series is that it has a larger 2,000 mAh battery, a kickstand and HD Voice capabilities.

We got some hands-on time with the HTC EVO 4G LTE at the unveiling event in New York tonight, and we thought we’d share some of the pictures we got and a quick video overview. The design of the phone is quite different than the other HTC One series, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. HTC is still using its uni-body aluminum design which wraps around the front and back of the handset.

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HTC has chosen to blast the aluminum case with micro particles to give it a soft-touch feel and then shaved off the top lower of metal around the edge of the device to reveal it’s true color. The upper section on the back side of the phone is a glossy black plastic cover which protects the EVO 4G LTE’s microSD card slot, radios and NFC chip. As you might expect, the glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet.

Though the HTC EVO 4G LTE features a large 2,000 mAh battery, HTC has managed to cram all the handset components into a body which is 8.98mm thick and weights 134 grams. The handset may not look as elegant as other HTC One devices, but it’s certainly not hard on the eyes.

So what do you think of the HTC EVO 4G LTE? Do you like the name? Do you like the design? With the HTC EVO 4G LTe do your next phone?

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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  • spazby

    I think this is a good phone, like the camera button and HD voice will make a few people happy…

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    • http://mi-manzanita.tumblr.com Alexander Castillo

      Yea it says that it will have Google Wallet on Sprint’s website.

    • Dave Kratter

      I got to play with it at their private event tonight, and it does have Google Wallet.

      Overall the device is very smooth, both hardware and software.

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        I really like black phones with a little read here and there, as far as design goes. The specs are lined up with the One series, the larger battery is really nice, not a single characteristic can make up for better battery life (in my opinion). They really went over the board with the name. Why didn’t they name it HTC One Evo LTE? It’s part of the One series.

        • UndergroundWire

          If it was the Evo One people may think it is the first Evo (Evo 4G). With the name Evo 4G LTE seemed more logical.

          • Jimmy_Jo

            Why not just HTC EVO LTE. We all know LTE=4G and it would keep things simple. I’m glad they didn’t call it the HTC One because it’s not. Just like the original EVOlved from a previous HTC phone but was it’s own phone. I’m not thrilled with the design. I thought the One X was sexier just like the Sensation looks better than the EVO, but the specs are great and the kickstand makes me :-)

            Does it have WiDi? (WiFi Direct that allows you to connect other devices to the WiDi device much like it were a router. It’s supposed to have much higher data transfer rates)

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    I’d sacrifice many things for a bigger battery in the same powerful phone. Design is definitely one of them. I hope a bigger battery version makes it down under

  • Yeah

    Finally a high end phone that didnt remove the microsd card.

  • Mike H

    I’m ecstatic that sprint added the microsd slot. That was the deal breaker for me. And the reason ill be picking this up over the g nexus.

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    Also, I love you guys. But I expect a little more than a spec rundown and a press shot gallery from ‘hands on’. Sorry

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I only had a few minutes with the phone. And those are my pictures, not press shots. HTC actually had a great table setup for , something other manufacturers should do at their events.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Nikon D90 with a 24mm fixed focus lens.

      • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

        In that case, I apologise wholeheartedly. Take it as a compliment to your photography? *walks away from comment feed ashamed*

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          Don’t worry about it. The white background does make the images look very generic. I’ve just uploaded a second batch of images which show off a little more detail.

  • jamal adam

    I think I would have preferred it to be called the HTC EVO One. Also, I wish they kept most of the designs similar to the HTC One. For example, the place the front facing camera and grill are looks ugly when compared to the original HTC One. Aside from that this looks to be a great device.

    • professandobey

      At the very least they could have called it the “Evo LTE.”

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I spoke with some people from HTC and they said the name of the handset is ultimately decided by the carrier (though HTC makes strong suggestions as to what they think would work best from a branding standpoint).

      Since the HTC EVO 4G LTe is the true successor for the EVO 4G, there shouldn’t be any issue with the name. Yes, it may cause some confusion for some, but I don’t think anyone will mistake the look of the new device with the EVO from 2 years ago.

  • LukeT32

    Looks like this blows the Gnex out of the water for sprint customers….

    • honourbound68

      yep. but then the Nexus devices aren’t designed with top of line specs since they’re reference devices for developers.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        That’s not necessarily true. Nexus devices have always featured the best technology of the time. The release cycle of the Nexus is one of the issues why the phone gets leapfrogged so quickly in terms of specs. Next time around, Google should have a much better shot at releasing something that’s ahead of the curve since Qualcomm should have their quad-core S4 chips ready to roll for the fall.

        • honourbound68

          i guess your statement is more correct than mine in that yes, the nexus devices had the best tech of their time but due to their release cycles, phones with better specs came out soon after (nexus one shortly after evo 4g & galaxy s — nexus s, sgsii — GN , quadcores etc). I hoipe you’re right and that the next generation Nexus device will have at least 12 mos of being on top of the spec list instead of being outdated within 3 months of release.

        • drksilenc

          they didnt come close to top spec when released this time around. the graphics chip inside of it is the same as the first gen galaxy s… Also the galaxy s2 which was out months before it destroys it in every respect

  • Dutch

    I owned the bog evo and although the specs are great this thing is fat girl fugly.

  • glennw

    I think the name would cause less confusion than the HTC Evo One, but I’m sure it will still cause some confusion. This is almost certainly going to be my next phone, now that I know it’s got a SD slot.

  • Paul Atreides

    I would be a fool to get the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint now.

  • birkoff

    I have to see it in person, but so far it looks like a one ugly mothererfer. There was no need for this cheap, glossy looking top piece. They almost ruined this phone..

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      That is the only design element that I don’t like about the phone. If they chose to use a soft-touch back cover around the camera it may have look a bit more uniform. That being said, it looks a lot better in person than it does in the images.

    • Paul Atreides

      A barely-there case and that minor problem is solved for me.

  • redraider133

    HTC really has something good on their hands. Now if they can bring something like this to verizon I think they could do really well and may even be a solid competitor to samsung for king of android in 2012

  • LittleGreenDude

    Looks like a pretty sweet phone. I like what they did with sense 4.0

    • Jimmy_Jo

      Agreed. I’m really not a fan of Sense… until now. Sense 4 looks like what it’s supposed to be. Android 4.0 plus some wonderful tidbits that Google didn’t add in to the AOSP. Like a T9 predictive dialer. Just little touches to make the overall experience better.

      • LittleGreenDude

        Yeah. I’m a big fan of vanilla ICS, but sense adds some pretty useful features without being overpowering.

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  • asuman1179

    Does it have notification lights? In one picture on another site it looked like I saw some but was not sure.

  • jonathan3579

    Gah, this phone is hideous but it is tempting me to leave T-Mobile and join Sprint for unlimited LTE. I guess I can live with form over fashion.

  • Mikel

    First, I think the name should be HTC EVO HD LTE. Since it has HD sound, resolution, and video that makes it a HD phone, right? Second, Even though it has a large battery I would still like to carry a spare with me just in case, now you’re forces to wait for a recharge. Third, is the screen Gorilla glass? And can you connect it to a HD video source? Other then that IT’SSS GREATTT!!!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 2.
      The device has an MHL port which means you can connect to HDMI with an adapter.
      HTC also has its Media Link HD which should work for wireless streaming over WiFI.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Personally the need for the Galaxy Nexus still stands tall on sprint. Stock android is pretty special and only gets better with the next iteration of android called jellybean. Plus the Galaxy Nexus will have jellybean before any htc device that’s for sure. Pure stock with no bloatware at 28.32 gb of storage beats Sense 4.0 and carrier bloatware with 16 gb of internal storage plus sd card. I wonder if HTC fixed the well know friendstream bug and mms bug that infested all htc device evo 4g and evo 3d. Being an GALAXY NEXUS owner i encourage people to purchase the pure stock experience galaxy nexus you will be happy. If your walking around with the OG EVO or EVO 3D or EVO SHIFT/DESIGN then yes it’s time for you to have the BEST EVO in the family. Hats off to Dan Hesse and Htc they are my personal favorites they always consider there customers. Take a good look at that 200 dollar price point with LTE wow on verizon the Evo 4g Lte would be a 300 dollar device. I am personally rooting real hard for sprint to bring strong LTE service to New York City that is stable and on par with Verizon and [email protected]

    • squiddy20

      “the need for the Galaxy Nexus still stands tall on sprint” Why? Because you say so? What proof do you have of this “great need”? As others have pretty stated, you’re just saying this absolute BS because you have the utterly ridiculous mentality that whatever phone you supposedly own is “bitch/pimp slapping, BOSS, ON TOP, or RULES” all other phones, when you can’t seem to comprehend that the Galaxy Nexus was last years tech, and you’re comparing it to this year’s tech.
      “Plus the Galaxy Nexus will have jellybean before any htc device that’s for sure” Considering you *still* don’t even have 4.0.4 on your “pimp slapping” Verizon Galaxy Nexus while several other phones do/will, you’re most likely wrong. Not to mention the fact that if you want a stock experience on an HTC, Samsung, LG, or Motorola phone, all you have to do is root the phone and install CM or any other AOSP ROM. But you wouldn’t know anything about that since you think rooting is for “2plus year old devices” and/or you have no real computer (laptop/desktop) with which to root your phone (or even the slightest inkling on how to do it).
      “at 28.32 gb of storage beats … 16 gb of internal storage plus sd card” Do the math again dumbass. 16 GB internal storage + 16 GB aftermarket SD (which basically anyone has access to) = 32 GB, the same amount you’ve got. Not only that, but add in a 32 GB SD card, and there’s more storage than your “pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus will ever have. How’s them apples Dick?

      • Matt

        wow youre such a hard ass hidden behind your computer screen..You can tell its spring break all the little kiddies are using their parents PC.

        • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

          At least Squiddy knows how to use proper punctuation, unlike you. He has some extremely valid points.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Stop KISSING squiddy’s butt it’s not becoming of you. Don’t become him because that would mean you are a coward hidding behind a USELESS computer screen or worst than that some stupid 3year old samsung moment. This guy is nothing more than a COWARD that would have his ASS KICKED in the real world that I am sure he knows. That’s why he keeps hiding…College kids are nothing more than assholes if they act like he does. I feel SORRY for his parents they must not of raised him right since he comes on the internet with all these useless comments everyday. I’d place my size 12 up his college ass in the real world.

        • squiddy20

          Hmmm, given that I’m in college and my spring break was several weeks ago, I know you’re pulling this stuff out of your a$$ just like Richard and all of his pitiful attempts at what he calls “insults”. Not to mention the fact that I have my own laptop, a 2009 MacBook Pro, while my parents have their own Windows computers (both laptops and desktops).
          “youre such a hard ass hidden behind your computer screen” …says the guy “hidden” behind a guest account. Takes one to know one I guess.
          Thank you and good day.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Yeah the classical TOUGH GUY on the internet. Has no balls to show himself in the real world college boy. Your a twat at best and in the real world your ASS would be KICKED I always knew you have know balls COWARD….

          • squiddy20

            And you have no class Dick. None at all. See, while I insult you based on facts, perceptions, and the occasional witty remark, you make up these extremely childish and utterly stupid “insults” (if you could call them that since they fail so miserably) that really only serve to show how “tough” *you* are. All I do, all I’ve ever done really, is prove you wrong every single time you’ve opened your stupid mouth, and the only thing you’ve ever done is call me “useless”, a “bum”, “broke” and other laughably absurd insults like a little cry-baby child instead of arguing based on facts. Grow the f*ck up.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Yeah that’s FUNNY….This kid is the biggest ASSHOLE on this site only responding to all my comments going back two years now. One thing is for sure I won’t and don’t need to hide that will never be. I am more than man enough to remain being me and anyone that wants to meet up with me can kindly do so and get that ass whipped. This kid is simply RETARDED and I feel sorry for his parents they should have raised his sorry ass better. But for entertainment purposes they encourage this kid by plusing all his comments and placing the battery in his back to make him leave these stupid comment. In the real world I’d shit all over him. He’s simply the androidandme CLOWN SQUIDDY20 the biggest ASS on this site…

          • squiddy20

            2 things:
            1. “and placing the battery in his back to make him leave these stupid comment” WTF does that even MEAN??? You think I’m some android/cyborg or something? Wow, at least we know where your f*cked up little mind is (or isn’t?)…
            2. “In the real world I’d shit all over him.” What is it with you and “shit” or “shitting” on things? You talk about it almost nonstop. Do you have some scat fetish or something? Good god you sound like an immature 5th grader.
            You really make this too easy Richard. Just shut up before you embarrass yourself further (if that’s even possible).

          • Steam

            “College kids are nothing more than assholes”←because Richard’s senior year was third grade

            “he comes on the internet with all these useless comments everyday.”←There is so much hypocrisy in that statement that, if hypocrisy were a tangible thing with mass, it would have collapsed under its own gravity to become a 100 solar-mass black hole.
            “I’d place my size 12 up his college ass in the real world.”← kids size 12, you’re a little guy. Scraggly-looking little sicko too.
            How is it that you somehow think that attending college or holding advanced degrees is a thing to insult? Is it because you needed a homeless shelter to take you in and teach you how to turn on a computer, so you think that is better than having an undergraduate or advanced degree? http://boweryapplications.org/Images/mmDocument/Red%20Door%20Jun2007.pdf
            “This kid is simply RETARDED” I don’t know squiddy, never met him, or even know what he looks like, but YOU are going to call him retarded? He can spell and form a coherent sentence, something I don’t think you’ve never done and are completely incapable of. Richard, you can’t spell, you never even heard of punctuation, and you use words in places that make absolutely no sense – you don’t even know what a lot of the words you use even mean. Some of your posts are so screwed up, I don’t even understand what the hell it is you’re trying to say. “faithful day”, “rather or not”, “jargon”, just to name a few. Who, exactly, are you talking to with these comments? No one likes you, every comment you post is down-voted, most are voted down so far, they’re busted. You don’t actually own a GNex, and I seriously doubt that you’ve owned anything you claimed to have owned. Why don’t you go talk to a psychiatrist? You are almost 50, act like an immature 5-year-old, troll every android site that hasn’t banned you, insult everyone, screwed over the people who put a roof over your head out of a few tens of thousands of dollars a year, and you have a kid older than squiddy?! Are you f*cking kidding me?! YOU troll every android site with your fantasy world, and you’re accusing a guy who is younger than your own son of being a troll and you act like you’re five? I feel really, really bad for your son. I hope and pray that you had no hand whatsoever in raising him, it’s bad enough he’s got half of your DNA. Hopefully, he doesn’t “push-up quick like” on phones. -smh-

          • Hawaiiandude

            Someone link that article of Richard being homeless again… Enough said.

          • Hawaiiandude

            Ahh fuck, should have finished reading the thread before posting my comment. Damn your efficiency Steam.

      • Richard Yarrell

        SAME OLD USELESS JARGON college boy…WHY should anyone really think your in college YOUR THE BIGGEST TROLL ON THIS SITE. Only responding to my comments for years. In the real world I’d KICK your ass up and down your college campus ”If you really go to college”. Personally I think your an asshole always have thought that of you. So college is something your parents are wasting their money on. Matter of fact they deserve to be BITCH SLAPPED just for you hiding behind your silly names and years of constant bullshit. They must be just as USELESS as you are…College boy…..

        • Steam

          Now “college boy” is supposed to be an insult, like “classy”? You couldn’t kick your way out of a kleenex, I’ve seen you before, you’re like 5’6″ and look like scrawny death warmed-over. You’re going to resort to physical threats now? How incredibly fitting for a person almost 50. Stop with the “useless”, it’s stupid – even for you. What actually is useless is your imaginary friends and phones.

        • squiddy20

          1. You obviously don’t know what “jargon” means because it makes absolutely no sense how you used it. Do yourself a favor and look it up in a dictionary.
          2. As Steam basically stated, since when did “college boy” become an insult? I can pretty much guarantee it’s more education than you’ll ever have, and in this day and age, education really does matter. Good luck finding a better job with what little school you have.
          3. If you would just think before you stupidly post this utter nonsense, you would *know* that my being a “troll” has nothing to do with whether or not I go to college, or vice versa. I can be a troll in my early 50′s (like you) or I can be a troll when I’m 21 and in college. The only difference is that I can see right through your BS while you get all flustered and pissed off over something so insignificant. What a f*cking wackjob.
          4.”In the real world” you know nothing substantive about me and therefore can’t say with even remote certainty if you could “kick [my] ass up and down [my] college campus”. I could be a jock who likes technology, or a weightlifter/body builder. Truth is, you know jack-squat, so go take your “useless” insults and utterly empty threats somewhere else Dick.

    • Steam

      “Plus the Galaxy Nexus will have jellybean before any htc device that’s for sure.” Reeaaaaally? Just like all of the Nexus S phones got ICS before anything else hit the market with ICS. Oh, wait, that didn’t happen.
      Seriously Richard, just stop. Stop the fantasies, the imaginary phones, your fantasy world, your lies, everything. It’s obvious that you don’t actually own the things you claim to own. We know that you crave attention and abuse desperately, but you’re ridiculous and an obvious liar. I wondered about that for awhile, but it’s pretty clear now. Not only can you not keep your stories straight, you make cl;aims to things that can’t be true, like only using 6GB of storage with “100 total applications, 2000 pictures, 41mp4 movies and still have 22.13gb of space left”. Who, exactly, do you think you’re kidding? You believe your own BS, but no one else does.

    • jonathan3579

      Oh Richard… You never learn.

  • Burnd

    With all respect to the people who like this phone. It somewhat looks like the ugly sister of the HTC One X. I think the red bar on the back and around the eye of the cam are the main cause of this. Sure it’s useful to be able to put it on a stand, though you’d think they could’ve come up with better looking and perhaps even more effective ways to do that. Because I’d personally rather buy a docking station and have the red bar removed.

  • Lucky chauhan

    Yea it says that it will have Google Wallet on Sprint’s website.


  • Easyenough

    SD slot + bigger battery + big screen – limited lte coverage – fugly case = best phone available or rumored. The dual core processor vs quad makes me nervous but if nothing solid is out on the SG3 by the time this comes out, I’m buying it.

  • Koundeenya @ thedotblog

    This is just stunning by its looks. Awesome, I’ll defnitely get it. But I’m a harcore user & been using HTC Wildfire S, i just doubt that this device isn’t too sensitive like mine.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      I think the back looks cool. I’m not overly excited about the glossy plastic piece on top but the rest looks great! I think the front looks cheesy. It’s too similar to the EVO 4G and the EVO 3D. They should have kept the smooth curved lines and Deathstar laser blasted speaker grill.

      I’m sad there’s no HDMI output though. I love that. Even though I do stream HD video over WiFi through my PS3 now but I like having options.

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  • fc1032

    That kickstand made me think: “Portable eye poker”… >.> I’m weird

  • NT_

    Wow. That is a lot more interesting of a phone that I’d thought it would be. Bigger battery…smart move.

  • apple

    looks like a great phone, definitely going to get it day one!

  • yankeesusa

    It’s definitely a great looking phone with amazing specs and I may end up getting it but the non removable battery is still making me hesitant. I guess we will see what the reviews are on it. Maybe the battery thing wont be a big deal. I’m just used to having spare batteries to swap instead of waiting couple hours for phone to charge, especially when I go out of town. I’m sticking with evo 3d and my external charger for now. I’m sure with the update to 4.0 the evo 3d will keep me satisfied till they review the 4g lte and I’m sure amazon or wirefly will have lower price by then.

  • John Brown

    The phone should be closer to the size of the screen. What’s with the wasted space above and below the screen? I guess they needed it for components, but darn that just makes the phone bigger.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Probably my next phone. All large screen phones should include a kick-stand, and removable SD card. The cloud is nice, but we don’t always have a fast data connection, or WiFi available.

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