At a press conference in New York City on Wednesday night, Sprint rolled out the HTC Evo 4G LTE, an Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphone bringing few surprises other than a pre-order date of May 7, support for Sprint’s HD Voice technology, and to a lesser extent, a bright red kickstand.
As its name implies, HTC’s latest EVO will be one of the first to access Sprint’s 4G LTE network, said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse during a presentation. It will also be the very first to support HD Voice, a new technology from Sprint designed to provide better voice quality in phone calls by screening out ambient noise, such as the din from surrounding tables at restaurants.
The next-generation EVO will support Sprint’s HD Voice across other mobile phone services from Sprint, not just 4G LTE, said Jay Harmon, an HTC product manager, speaking with Brighthand at the press event.
As widely rumored prior to the announcment on Wednesday, the new Android smartphone will combine an EVO-style look-and-feel with just about all of the same specs as those of the already-announced HTC One X.
Return of the Kickstand
With the Evo 4g LTE, HTC is bringing back the kickstand which appeared in the original EVO 4G, except that this time around it will be red, shiny, and able to hold up the phone in either of two horizontal directions, according to Harmon. Also in accordance with EVO tradition, the new phone is going to provide a separate on-off button for the camera, which will be located at the bottom of the right-hand side of the phone.
Sprint officials made much of the larger 2000mAH battery in the next EVO, and of the phone’s anodized black finish and machine-tooled edge. Sprint, though, has not announced the battery life of the Evo 4g LTE smartphone, and battery life is an issue that has plagued some earlier LTE models from HTC.
Combines EVO Style with One X Specs
The new EVO is going to use the same high end rear and front-facing cameras as the One X, and the same 4.7-inch 720p LCD 2 screen. Other specs that the two phones share in common include a dual-core Snapdragon processor, a separate ImageSense image processor, and Global Beats Audio.
Features of the camera will include dual lenses for simultaneous video recording and still photography, 28 millimeter wide angle shots, and the ability to take a rapid succession of continous still shots without lifting your finger from the shutter, said Tracey Feldkamp, another HTC product manager, in another interview with Brighthand at the event.
Sprint plans to ship the HTC Evo 4G LTE some time during the second quarter. Pricing has been set at $200 with a two-year contract with Sprint.