The delayed HTC EVO 4G LTE is delayed no longer — Sprint has introduced its new flagship Android smartphone. This model sports a 4.7-inch screen, powerful camera, 2000 mAh battery, and much more.
This smartphone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, and runs Google’s Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Like virtually all HTC devices, it uses a slightly modified version of the standard Android user interface called Sense.
The most obvious feature of the EVO 4G LTE is a 4.7-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution. Other features include Global Beats Audio and a microSD memory card slot.
HTC’s designers put a great deal of effort into the an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, giving it support for burst shot, panorama, and the ability to simultaneously shot pictures and video. There is also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
This phone is one of Sprint’s first with 4G LTE, even though this service is not yet available. The carrier plans to begin rolling out LTE service by the end of this month, with the process stretching out into 2013 and beyond. Because it has LTE, this device does not have WiMAX, Sprint’s previous 4G standard.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is available now on Sprint’s website, the carrier’s stores, and also from Best Buy. It sells for $200 with a two-year service contract, or $550 without.
About the Delay
The EVO 4G LTE, along with the HTC One X, were held up for several weeks by the U.S. Customs Department as part of a patent-infringement dispute with Apple. In December, the International Trade Commission ruled that some HTC devices that existed at that time infringed on a patent held by Apple. As a result, all HTC’s new models can’t be imported into the U.S. until it has been proven that they don’t infringe on the patent in question. This process delayed the launch of the latest smartphone in the EVO series.