HTC EVO 4G LTE hands-on

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.

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.

Related phones

  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(7.50h talk time)



1. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 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

3. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

2. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

4. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

9. BrandonRico

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

5. Naytess

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 08, 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 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...?

19. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 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.

23. tiberius183

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

34. Naytess

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 08, 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>

6. Naytess

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

@belovedson: I WAS waiting for the 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!

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

8. BrandonRico

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

My guess is 550-600 dollars.

12. BrandonRico

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

kool thx man!

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'd say $600-$700.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

13. BrandonRico

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

24. HamasMane

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 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

25. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

He just don't know when to shut up

31. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

32. kgwachter

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

33. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 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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