HTC and Sprint teamed up today to announce the latest in the EVO line: the EVO 4G LTE. So, not the most novel name, but it gets to the point. The 4.7" device is carved out of an aluminum space frame, anodized to an all black finish with red accents and an exposed silver edge. And along that prominent red band across the back? That's right, the kickstand's back. But don't call this part of the One series. This is a Sprint EVO device through and through. 

Inside the EVO 4G LTE is Qualcomm's MDM8960, Snapdragon S4 per PR parlance, mirroring the HTC One S, but with some additional features enabled to separate it from the One line. Most predominantly, per Sprint, is the introduction of the US market's first HD Voice phone. In addition to the requisite noise cancelation features, Sprint will now be supporting EVRC-NW (Enhanced Variable Rate Codec - Narrowband-Wideband), which extends the voice codec from EVRC's 3,600-300 Hz to an impressive 7,000-80Hz. This system will be backwards compatible with their current EVRC codec, and will be a nice fall back when Sprint moves towards a VoLTE system. 

HTC has also seen fit to update the camera over prior EVO devices with one of the most well specced optics we've seen on a phone, with what they're calling HTC ImageSense, which features an f/2.0 lens, and a dedicated imaging ISP. We did get HTC to confirm that they'll be using their own silicon for the imaging ISP, foregoing Qualcomm's capable ISPs, though we don't know whose IP HTC is leveraging for this silicon. ImageSense will be seen in the One line, including the f/2.0 lens, so this will not be an EVO exclusive for long. The pictures look good on the phones 4.7" 720p Super LCD screen, we'll see how they look at full-size when we get to sample the devices. 

Sense 4.0 is featured atop Android 4.0, and HTC was all too eager to mention just how slimmed down Sense had become. The interface seemed snappy enough, no doubt helped by Krait's potent CPU and ICS's GPU acceleration hooks. Oddly, the phone will launch during the second quarter of this year (so, before July), but Sprint's LTE network won't launch till sometime in the second half of 2012. It's unclear what sort of lag there will be between the phone's launch and the network's launch, but we may be visiting our Kansas City readers in order to test out the device when the time comes. The HTC EVO 4G LTE will be priced at $199 on-contract, when it does launch. Paired with Sprint's dedication to unlimited data plans (sans throttling) even on LTE this could be a bargain route to Krait. 

Hands-on With The EVO 4G LTE
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  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    Sprint will be launching it's LTE network within 6 weeks in Houston. Link:
  • RaistlinZ - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    Any word on stock RAM, battery size, SD slot, etc? I was waiting for the One XL, but might go with this if it's a better option.
  • shabby - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    1gb ram, 2000mah battery, 16gb onboard + sdslot
  • RaistlinZ - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    Sweet. This will likely be my next phone then. :)
  • apinkel - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    Same here... specs are better than I expected. I prefer the looks of the One X/S phones... but not enough that it will prevent me from getting this.
  • djc208 - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    I have the original EVO 4G, and while it's a nice phone we all know how well the 4G worked out. So one of the major selling points was mostly a useless extra. Unless Sprint announces 4G in my area in a decent amount of time I'm not sure I'll stick with them, even though this seems like a nice replacement for my EVO.

    About the only benefit in the forseable future will be if you can roam onto Verizon as part of the "unlimited" plan like you can on 3G now.
  • JasonInofuentes - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    Sprint is committed to completing their LTE rollout by the end of 2013, so unless you're in a hard to reach area then you should have access before your contract is over, even if you buy on day one. As far as the original EVO 4G, I still have a soft spot for it, WiMax or no, because they were willing to take a risk and see where it got them. And it was a good phone for the time.
  • darckhart - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    LTE "before contract is over" ha. big selling point there. reminders of all the while having to pay the $10 4G tax every month when there was no 4G. def gonna take the wait and see approach this time.
  • antef - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - link

    Same boat as you. I love my original EVO to this day. It's been an immensely capable phone. I am in a current WiMAX area, but I'm not sure if I want to stick with them for another two years if my area doesn't get LTE until more than half way through my contract. Their network is usually serviceable but sometimes the 3G is unbearable. I'm considering getting the One X on AT&T, or waiting for the Galaxy S III.
  • jigglywiggly - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - link

    no amoled is ; /

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