May 09 AT 8:51 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Official: Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE to launch on May18th


After a month of rumors and speculation, Sprint has finally announced that the HTC EVO 4G LTE will go on sale May 18th. The HTC EVO 4G LTE can be pre-ordered directly from Sprint, but Best Buy is offering customers a $50 Best Buy gift card if you pre-order the handset from them.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE may not be the first LTE enabled device on Sprint’s network, but it will be the most powerful. The handset is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor and contains a 720p HD display,1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a dedicated ImageChip used for the 8MP rear camera and a 2,000 mAh battery. At launch, the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be the most powerful and feature-rich Android phone on the market.

While the phone may be amazing, it will not reach its full potential until Sprint’s LTE network rollout switches into high gear. So far, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Kansas City and San Antonio are the only markets with Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage. Major LTE expansion isn’t expected until 2013, so don’t expect to get much use out of that LTE modem until then.

Is the HTC EVO 4G LTE the perfect phone for you or will you wait to see what Sprint’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III will offer?

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 09, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, announce the Friday, May 18, availability of the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVOâ„¢ family, HTC EVOâ„¢ 4G LTE.

It will cost $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). Pre-order began May 7 at

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets the benchmark for Android devices this year with its incredible 4.7-inch screen, advanced camera features and future HD voice capabilities when combined with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its cutting-edge technology pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Androidâ„¢ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Senseâ„¢ 4. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSenseâ„¢ brings improvements to every part of the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting.

HTC EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s first device with HTC’s Authentic Sound experience integrating Beats Audioâ„¢. The technology enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. Beats Audio is enabled across the entire phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTubeâ„¢ video, or playing the latest hot game.

HTC EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, future HD voice capabilities2, 2000mAh embedded battery and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. It is powered by the Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 processor by Qualcomm, delivering best-in-class performance and a power efficient platform for exceptionally long battery life. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

“With the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we’re launching a true successor the original EVO, bringing a focus on innovation, design and industry-leading consumer experiences,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC America. “The millions of current and new EVO fans will appreciate our amazing camera that’s superfast, easy-to-use and takes video and photos at the same time as well as our enhanced audio experience that you need to hear to believe.”

Respected device critics are buzzing with excitement for HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few of the praises that poured in when it was announced earlier this month:

  • “The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a good looking phone and will make fans of Sprint’s EVO line very, very happy. It packs every spec anyone could possibly ask for: dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch HD display, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system, enhanced by Sense 4.0. Oh, let’s not forget the kickstand!” — Eric ZemanPhonescoop
  • “The original superphone has been reborn.” — Mark SpoonauerLaptop Magazine
  • “As for first impressions, I was shocked when I finally got to hold an EVO 4G LTE. In the presentation videos the phone looked thick and bulky. In person, it’s anything but. It is thin, deceptively lightweight and absolutely beautiful.” — Gary Krakow,
  • “Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It’s an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package.” — Steve KovachBusiness Insider

HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones — a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

As part of the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch, Sprint will be giving customers a chance to share their LOVE on Facebook. To learn how you could enter for the chance to win UNLIMITED LOVE, make sure to visit Sprint’s Facebook page on May 18 for details.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit

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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  • thaghost

    I thought Taylor was at CTIA? News has been very slow this week from you guys.

  • swazedahustla

    This site is starting to get left behind the other blog sites. Such a shame.

    • txbluesman

      Well, you’re here visiting, so it can’t be losing too much popularity.

      • swazedahustla

        +1 for that one.

  • txbluesman

    This would be a nice phone here in the Dallas area with the LTE. I am still gonna hold out to see what the next Nexus brings to the table though.

  • Orion78

    I’m definitely getting this beast!

  • Oil Drinker

    I was gonna grab this phone from Best Buy the second it went on presale. But then l saw that mandatory $10/month data charge (that l happily pay now for my 4G), and l couldnt justify it.

    As awesome as this phone will probably be, l’ve talked myself into waiting till Sprint’s LTE reaches Seattle… If ever. Guess me and my original Evo will be pals for awhile longer. Good thing l still love it.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      I’m pretty sure if you’re already paying the extra $10 to Sprint for 4G you would continue paying that for LTE. It’s not a new charge.

      • swazedahustla

        Exactly. I wish people would just read the contract. The Fee is not just for 4G……look up premium data package and you will get all the details on whats included. Its not just 4G….come on people. Lets read our contracts.

        • txbluesman

          I agree. It’s not like it is something new.

          • yxcolo

            Yes. I spoke to a Sprint manager about this fee once. Its just a way for sprint to recoup some costs for having the one of the cheapest service plans packages out. If 10 bucks a month is a deal breaker, you should try pricing other carriers.. def more expensive.

    • yankeesusa

      Don’t know what your talking about. Everyone has been paying $10 extra for any smartphone since october of last year. Only thing reason why another $10 would be added is if you are on the $40 sero premium plan. Other than that wether you have a 4g smartphone or a 3g smartphone you have already been paying the $10 unless you have an old phone that hasn’t been taken off the account yet. As soon as you do you will see the $10 charge. But even with the extra charge the price is still a whole lot cheaper than att and verizon, plus you will get unlimited data not to mention soon you will get faster 3g speeds and awesome lte speeds.

    • yankeesusa

      I’m with you. When I got my 3d about 2 months later the price went down. I will wait it out and stick with my 3d a little longer, plus with ics coming soon it will like a whole new phone anyway. I still have my premier upgrade that I have to use by december so hopefully by then the price will have gone down or new better phones will have been introduced, not to mention more lte areas.

    • Nate B.

      Smh. Your plan would stayed the same buddy.

  • jonathan3579

    The sooner the better…but when will Sprint actually activate their startup LTE network?

    Living in Houston, I have scoured the web for the smallest glimmer of hope that they’d have it active by now. No luck.

  • spazby

    come on sprint, light up the LTE already

  • yankeesusa

    I really can’t wait to see the reviews for this phone. So far with the bigger battery and the memory card slot they say its better than the x and the x is a great phone. Looking forward to lte also. Maybe by december when I get a new phone this will have good reviews that will help me decide, plus there may be newer phones released by then, maybe another htc phone that beats this one, he he.

  • cwjones4

    this will most likely be my next phone, unless sprint announces its SGS3 within the next month and does some major aesthetic overhauls and bumps the battery on it.

  • VS

    I’m curious, what are the speeds that Sprint’s LTE variant are offering? I saw T and VZW’s but dont recall seeing their stuff.

  • glennw

    Excellent. And since my pre-order was placed within twenty minutes of the pre-order period being open, I should be getting this by next Friday at the latest, right?

  • snowbdr89

    Where is that douchebag dick yarrell and his shadow squigy on the new evo

  • txbluesman

    I talked to 5-6 people tonight at a company function that they all had the Evo 4g. I told them about this new Evo coming out next week and they are all going to preorder at Best Buy for the $50 gift card. They all needed an upgrade and they all said they liked their Evo 4g, so they were easy to say yes.

  • mharriz

    Actually got to play around with one of these and ask your sprint for a demo unit it might not be live but some reps are using the one from the back that’ll eventually be the demo unit next week..of course while using it they stood over my shoulder like I was gonna steal it but still at least I got to use it..and after messing around with the one x at att..the design is definitely not as nice but it seems more real in the hand ..the weight and size just feels a little better in my opinion but hey call your sprint and check it out