Sprint announces HTC Evo 4G LTE

Reviews for the HTC One X and One S flooded the internet last week, proving that HTC was still a force to be reckoned with in the phone market. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is clearly trying to go on a streak with their latest announcement of the Evo 4G LTE.

The newly revealed device will mark the HTC’s big return to Sprint, a carrier with whom they saw much of their early Android success through the Evo series (which include the WiMAX-enabled 4G, Shift, Design, and 3D). As a result, it seems that the new One branding has been dropped in favor of the carrier-specific Evo branding, leading to the somewhat confusing “Evo 4G LTE”. Nonetheless, this new flagship boasts almost identical internals to AT&T’s One X with small additions of a microSD slot, dedicated camera button, and a traditional kickstand.

A big software addition that’s undoubtedly pushed by Sprint is HD Voice, which will be powered by a souped-up version of CDMA that’ll be fully implemented by the end of the year called “1X Advanced”. Other carriers are hoping to achieve this higher standard of voice quality through Voice over LTE (VoLTE), but Sprint is hoping to attack this issue from a unique vector.

While no final street date has been announced, the May 7 opening of pre-orders indicates a release window in the month. The device will be available for $199 on a two-year contract and data will continue to be unlimited even with the rollout of LTE.

Source: The Verge