This past Wednesday (April 4, 2012), Manhattan, New York, saw the introduction of the latest HTC Evo 4GLTE; the latest phone to retail exclusively on Sprint’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network.
The unveiling of the Evo 4G LTE follows on the back of the Taiwanese company’s February (2012) introduction of the HTC One series, and this latest smartphone carries many similarities to the One X – which is no bad thing. Anyone familiar with HTC premier handset in the One series will recognise Evo’s the matching features, these include:
- 4.7 Inch 1280 x 720 HD display with Gorilla Glass
- 8 Megapixel rear facing camera
- 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera
- 1.5 GHz processor (the Evo 4G LTE is running a dual-core as opposed to the quad-core in the One X)
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB ROM
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
While the core features are the same, the Evo 4G LTE also has several differences – all improvements. The overall design is different and although this was to be expected with a new smartphone, the black with red accents look is very attractive. Another great addition is the improved battery 2000 mAh over the 1800 mAh of the One X. However, the most intriguing feature, comes from the Sprint end of the venture, who announced plans to introduce cutting-edge voice technology called HD Voice. The new tech provides a whole new level of noise cancellation, allowing for clearer calls and little background interference. The Evo’s two microphones will ensure the latest HTC is catered to HD Voice, although Sprint has said decided the service will not be available until later in the year.
Both HTC and Sprint are looking to the Evo 4G LTE as the smartphone that propels them back amongst the big boys. Despite both companies enjoying good starts to 2012, HTC is only fifth most popular smartphone manufacturer in the US, while Sprint remains behind Verizon and AT&T in the wireless network industry.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE will retail at $199 (with two-year contract), with Sprint taking pre-orders from May 7, 2012.