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HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on

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HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
Well, well, the REAL successor to the original HTC EVO 4G is finally here, and boy does it make a big splash for the Now Network. All talk has been around this variant of the HTC One X of late, but now that it’s been officially unveiled to the public, it’s sure to continue the poplar Android family’s legacy. Donning an additional moniker to its name, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is slated to land on Sprint’s lineup sometime in the 2nd quarter for the customary 2-year contract price of $199.99. And if you intend on buying this one either way, you can actually nab a pre-order starting on May 7th.

So what can we say about this beautiful beast of an Android smartphone? Well, it doesn’t falter in the design department as we’re amazed by its solid build quality. For something employing so many top-notch materials, it still boggles us that they somehow managed to maintain such a skinny frame – like seriously, it’s ridiculously skinny for a handset packing a 4.7” 720p display. And look at that gorgeous screen, as it radiates in almost every angle with enough blinding clarity to light up a room. As a whole, though, there weren’t as many surprises with its hardware, especially since it packs nearly all the same internals as the HTC One X.

HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on

HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on
HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on


However, since it’s packing support for Sprint’s up and coming 4G LTE network, it chooses to side with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Well, it’s no quad-core, unfortunately, but it doesn’t matter much since it’s lighting fast with all of its operation. Somewhat a stark surprise to all of us, the handset is actually packing a 2,000 mAh battery – as opposed to the higher capacity one it was rumored to offer. Despite that realization, we’re more attracted to the fact that it’s one super skinny smartphone.



As for the other goodies, it’s worth mentioning that it features an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, Beats Audio support, and HD Voice. What’s that you say? As its name implies, the HTC EVO 4G LTE will be the first device on the market to offer HD Voice via Sprint’s network – thus, providing superior calling quality thanks to a host of technologies both on the phone and network side. In fact, we managed to check it out while at the event, and honestly, it does cut down on the background noise. Regrettably, Sprint’s LTE network isn’t live yet in the Big Apple, so we’re naturally curious to find out how it performs.



All in all, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is shaping out to be yet another wonderful offering worthy enough to follow in the same footsteps as its predecessor. Right now, the only thing we have to do is wait for an official launch date. Let’s hope that it arrives sooner as opposed to later.

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posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:34

1. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


Okay just a few questions....

Is there a Notification LED? EDIT: NO?? Maybe?? Please let me know! :'(

Is there a light senser (for auto-brightness)? EDIT: YES
Is there a secondary microphone for noise cancellation and stereo recording? EDIT: YES

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:59 2

3. E.J.Su (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The One X has LED in the headset grill, I am guessing this is the same.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 18:59 1

2. E.J.Su (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The One X has LED in the headset grill, I am guessing this is the same.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 19:12

4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


beautiful phone. man sprints got a serious android lineup coming down.

htc evo 2
sprint nexus
samsung gs3
lg .....
motorola razr maxx (alternate)....

hmmm im waiting for the gs3 what are you guys waiting for

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:18 1

9. BrandonRico (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I'm waiting on the GS3 as well my friend ;) But I may get this one to hold me over until then.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 19:13

5. Naytess (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)


Hi John V.,
Thanks for the article/blog. I wasn't too impressed with the pictures of the phone that were posted earlier today (design wise). I'm curious...in person what was your impression of the tri-tone coloring with what looks like 2 (maybe 3?) different materials on the back? I'm just not sure about the red & gray with that glossy black. What were your thoughts? :^/
Also, is the kickstand plastic, or metal, or...?

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:10

19. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yeah, it's a mesh of things in the rear. Can't say if I like/dislike it right now, but it consists of a glossy and soft touch plastics. I suppose it could grow on me, but I'd have to see. As for that kickstand, it's part of the red plastic in the rear.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:35

23. tiberius183 (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Well, if you don't like the back, that's what an aftermarket case is for. :)

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 00:07

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5596; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


there's certainly workarounds but you know it would be nice to not want to cover up the back of your phone because you think it's ugly. it should be so nice that it makes the idea of covering it up a sad thing.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 15:17 1

34. Naytess (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)


Agreed. I always get after market cases, but I like to get the "see thru" gel cases. That's why I'm not sure about the phone's overall design/color/material scheme. I'll have to see it in person first. :^{D>

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 19:28 1

6. Naytess (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)


@belovedson: I WAS waiting for the EVO One...er...EVO 4G LTE, but now not so sure. I'm not sure about the design/color of this phone. I've had the original EVO 4G, and the EVO 3D...loved 'em both. But, I may wait to see what Samsung brings with the GSIII instead.
Now, if they offered the EVO 4G LTE in all White, or even all White (no gloss) with a Red kickstand...I'd be down for that!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 19:35 3

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6452; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I like Sprint ONE Evo version than AT&T. It have SD CARD MICRO SLOT HUGE MASSIVE BATTERY. Damn feel like I want to move to Sprint but still on my crappy contract.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 21:11

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5596; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's only 230mAh larger than the battery in the Razr and it's 7.1mm thin...

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:16

8. BrandonRico (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I wonder how much it costs straight outta the box, with no contract. I plan on getting credit for my ET4G and then paying the difference.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:32

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2973; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


My guess is 550-600 dollars.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:45

12. BrandonRico (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


kool thx man!

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 21:12 2

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5596; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd say $600-$700.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:33 1

11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2973; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Easy fix by just getting a cover for your phone, but I do not like the metal/plastic back. It just does not look good at all when you shine light on it. But like I said, just get a cover for it and problem solved.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 20:46

13. BrandonRico (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


what do you think about how narrow it looks. In other words, it seems a bit skinny, kinda like the EVO 3D, which wasn't as wide the orignial EVO. I have the ET4G and I like the width.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 22:20

18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2973; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It looks to be about the same width as the original EVO. If it has the same specs as the One X, it will be a bit more wider than the Galaxy Nexus and I think it's very comfortable to hold.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:50 1

24. HamasMane (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


im glad sprint isnt pulling what verizon is doing and raising the price to 300 dollars for high end phones, but i have to wait and see what else sprint is releasing before using my upgrade

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 23:51 1

25. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


He just don't know when to shut up

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 02:03

31. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Don't take it so personally, kid. It's not like PA's forcing you to come here.

#bestintheworld

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 02:55 1

32. kgwachter (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Anyone know where the SD slot is?? I'm doubting its a hot swap...

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 11:28

33. AnnDroid (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Everything the original EVO was and more. That camera is unbelieveable and a two-way kickstand! I love the red stripe! Can't wait to see the display in person.

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