We enjoyed some quality hands-on time with the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint at CTIA in New Orleans. This is a sweet phone, folks. It marries the spirit of the HTC One X with the EVO line, and the result is a striking looking, slim phone. The EVO 4G LTE has a 4.7" Super LCD running at 1280 x 720 and it's sharp and color accurate.
Like the HTC One series in the US, the phone runs on the extremely capable and power frugal fourth generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. It feels fast and it is fast. The phone runs Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense software.
The first thing that struck us is how thin the phone is at 0.35". This is the most svelte EVO yet, and it weights 4.73 ounces. The back is a matter of personal taste but I liked it quite well in person. The lower area is matte gray and the upper removable section is gloss black. A thin red metal band separates them, and it's the kickstand. The kickstand now works two ways, so you can have the microUSB charging port up top if needed. The removable section covers the microSD card slot: yes we have removable storage, Houston! It's not dead yet in high end HTC phones.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has 3G EV-DO Rev. A and LTE, but Sprint's LTE network won't start to light up until this summer. The phone has HD Voice, a new Qualcomm technology that the folks at Qualcomm demonstrated for us, and it does sound much clearer and louder. The catch is that you must be talking with another HD Voice phone to enable the technology. That means EVO 4G LTE to EVO 4G LTE once Sprint turns the feature on for their network.
The 2,000 mAh Lithium Ion battery is sealed inside, but we expect relatively good battery life thanks to the Qualcomm S4 CPU. The Android smartphone has 16 gigs of storage and HTC's excellent new 8MP camera with a BSI sensor, fast lens and the HTC ImageChip for nifty features like 60fps video recording.
Yes, we'll have a video review and full written review of Sprint's latest flagship smartphone.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE goes on sale May 18 for $199 with contract.