Sprint announces the HTC EVO 4G LTE
Sprint has announced a new LTE handset - the HTC EVO 4G LTE! Being the new flagship handset in the carrier's line-up, the EVO 4G LTE is well-equipped both hardware and software-wise to rival the other high-end offerings on the market. As far as specs go, the handset is extremely similar to the One X, which we reviewed recently. However, on the outside the EVO 4G LTE is very different.
Actually, the handset has gotten an all-new design. It's made from aluminum and has a special anodized black finish. Of course, since this is a true EVO 4G successor, the EVO 4G LTE also has a contrasting red kickstand on its back side! In terms of overall shape and looks, the EVO 4G LTE is much closer to the One S.
On its front side, the EVO 4G LTE sports a sizable 4.7" S-LCD 2 720p display protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass. Just as we thought, the processor of the phone will be a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, not a quad-core Tegra 3. That is because NVIDIA's Tegra 3 can't work with LTE right now.
The 8MP camera of Sprint's new marvel will feature the same goodies that we saw in the One X, including the dedicated ImageChip and super-fast start-up and focus times.
You didn't think that HTC will launch a new handset without Beats, did you? Naturally, the EVO 4G LTE takes advantage of the Beats Audio enhancements, which will aim to improve the audio coming from the handset, regardless of whether you are playing music through the stock music player or you're just watching a video. Since Sprint and HTC haven't announced it specifically, we're assuming that the EVO 4G LTE will not come bundled with Beats earphones.
When it comes to the software experience with the phone, users will be delighted to know that it runs the latest Android version - Ice Cream Sandwich. However, HTC's signature Sense UI is also here, in its fourth iteration. You can read more about Sense 4 in our overview here.
Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE is also the carrier's first HD voice handset. That's pretty cool, although a nationwide HD voice network by Sprint isn't expected until late 2012. We're really looking forward to checking this feature out. During the presentation, it was said that you could hear a needle drop one the other end of the line, while conversing. This does seem like a slight exaggeration to us, but who knows...
Users will be able to pre-order the HTC EVO 4G LTE starting May 7 (it should launch sometime in Q2), at a reasonable price of $199.99 with a two-year contract. For those who are wondering, mobile data on LTE is staying unlimited, at least for the time being.
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1. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
boooo for the snapdragon S4. otherwise, very cool phone, and great price
3. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
S4 outperforms any processor on the market today, even the Tegra 3 and Huawei's processor.
24. zothen (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
Agree. While not the exactly a Cortex A15 core, this part uses A15 based technology with Qualcomm's customizations. Whether it's customized for better performance or for cheaper price like their previous SoCs, who knows until another A15 comes out to compare with.
Either way, it has has already been shown to have huge performance advantages over A9 parts which the current quad cores are using right now. The only processor's on the horizon that may beat this one in real world CPU app performance is OMAP5 or Exynos5 series (A15s)and I don't think they'll be in any phones until late Q3 or Q4. The GPU is not cutting edge and is probably outclassed by the 40nm Tegra3 and the upcoming 32nm Exynos 4212 SoC but at 28nm, they'll be able clock it faster than previously Qcomm SoCs if they want to at the same speeds but at lower voltages (lower power).
I'm sure a few synthetic benchmark will show a quad core A9 having higher performance but I doubt most apps will be written to take full advantage of 4 cores, so it will only help in the cases where multiple apps are trying to execute at once. Not to say that doesn't happen sometimes of course....
26. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
no its customized from the Cortex A8, not the A15. And that is a very big improvement. And most benchmarks, actually, every CPU benchmark I have seen has shown the S4 out perform the Tegra 3
13. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
True. should ev been the tiomap....
20. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
It is a very cool phone,the screen is class indeed,while Ive used the quad core one x i cant say what the dual core variety Will be like but if it performs any way as snappy many will be happy with it
2. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Lol. Of course it wasn't gonna be the quad core. I don't think Sprint has support for a quad core phone on their network
22. Phonecall01 (Posts: 176; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
lol !! Killing me. What would the "network" support has to do with a quad core processor???
25. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I meant. Sprint has LTE. The quad One X doesn't work too well with LTE radio. The other 4g is wimax.
27. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
hahah. The amount of cores does not designate if it is compatible with a carrier or not... The One X doesn't work with sprint because the Tegra 3 in the X doesn't support LTE. That is why it has the S4, it has support for LTE.
4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If preorder starts May 7, when do you think it's going to be actually release?
5. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
most likely june given the Evo launch history..
6. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
oh yea, this is definitely gonna need a protective case lol
7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1461; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Bigger battery, expandable memory, It's going to make the future owners of HTC One X (like me) on At&t jealous :( I don't really like the design of the back, but def. like the kickstand
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)
This phone should have been given a more distinguishing name instead of just adding LTE at the end. The Evo 2 or Evo 4G 2 would help to set it apart from the original Evo.
11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Seriously, I liked the EVO One personally
9. VZWpino (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Hmmm, if extremely similiar... wonder why it's not white. Perhaps a white version will come out after. Any mention of the awesome camera being able to record and take pics similtaniously? Or the ability to take snap shots from recorded video? I do dislike the physical camera button... just my preference.
12. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It's black to keep with the traditional Evo brand. However, both the Evo 4G and Evo 3D did release white versions later, although I personally don't think they looked all that great, compared to other white smartphones.
17. VZWpino (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
That is true... more than likely come out with a white version. Although, I'm with you on other white phones. Personally, I like the look and the white on the Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy S II in white.
14. Bridgep0rt (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
As a HTC, and Evo Lover. I like the phone. I dont love it because I think they missed with the Glossy top As Eclipse said, They should have kept the Soft Black. I like the red features on it, but I think the back of the ATT version is better. They should have kept the same back, Just black and kickstand. With Sprint 4g and Beats audio in back.
Imma still buy the phone, just gonna throw a case on it. Thanks HTC and Sprint for giving us OUR Exclusive!
15. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Another website lists the battery as a 2000mah, but does not say if it is removable. All rumors before today said it was not a removable battery. Too bad because I would get this phone, but that battery is too small to be permenant.
16. davin8r (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)
what a major goof on Nvidia's part to not make the Tegra 3 compatible with LTE. I mean, wtf were they thinking????
And yes, I know the S4 is faster. I'm just saying it seems like a huge mistake for Nvidia's business.
18. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
like the phone, but lack of lte will kill it. it is pointless to preorder unless you're in one of the LTE cities.
23. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
FYI, Sprint is flying with their LTE deployment, they know they are playing catch-up due to the shift from WiMAX to LTE and have expedited their Network Vision / LTE deployment by 2 years. Sprint's currently deployment schedule is expected to bring LTE to all major markets / metro's serving approximately 130 million POP's by year end. Basically the same amount of people serve by WiMAX, just not in the exact same cities. They have mentioned some cities with WiMAX will take a little longer as they already have 4G. Sprint's network will be awesome after the upgrade and those iPhone capacity issues will be a thing of the past.
Check out www.s4gru.com for Sprint 4G LTE / Network Vision updates.
19. E.J.Su (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
OG HTC EVO 4G would be ashamed to have this design-reject carry on its name.
What's wrong with One X with a spring-loaded stand placed at the same spot as the EVO 4G was and adding red trim around the camera?
28. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Im just happy it launches with BEAST audio. sounds killer!