Sprint takes the covers off the HTC Evo 4G LTE
Headed for release in Q2, $199.99 on a contract
Published: 5 April, 2012
Right on schedule and just as the rumours predicted Sprint took the covers off its own version of HTC's One X on April 4, which will be known as the HTC Evo 4G LTE at the carrier. The announcement seemed imminent after invitations were sent out to a joint event being held by Sprint and HTC and the news follows on from AT&T's announcement of its own One X. Though it may be a One X at heart Sprint's variant is the latest addition to the family of popular HTC Evo handsets and continues the brand's reputation for high-end specs.
Aside from the fact that it won't have the quad-core processor present in its European cousins, and that it will look slightly different, the Evo 4G LTE is basically a One X. Running Android 4.0 out of the box it offers a 4.7" display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. As well these features it comes with a rear-facing 8mp camera, front-facing 1.3mp camera and is powered by a 2000mAh embedded battery. Externally it's a sleek looking thing and sees the return of the HTC Evo's kickstand on the rear.
Sprint neglected to offer a definite date for the release but it did say it's going to be available at some point Q2 and is putting it up for pre-order starting May 7. Anyone who wants one can expect to pay out $199.99 on a two-year contract. When it arrives Sprint customers will be able to enjoy unlimited data with the carrier's Everything Data Plan starting at $79.99 a month.
While Sprint customers will have to wait, as will those at AT&T where it is now pegged for a May 6 release, the UK is set to get the phone starting from tomorrow where it's going to cost around £500 SIM-free.
Aside from the Evo 4G LTE Sprint used the announcement to declare its intentions to deliver the first nationwide HD voice network in the US beginning in late 2012.