Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint announced May 18 availability
of its third LTE smartphone, the Android 4.0 HTC Evo 4G LTE.
Presales started May
7. The pricing is still $199.
The new phone joins two other
recently release LTE phones, the $99 LG Viper and $199 Samsung Galaxy Nexus, both
with Android 4.0.
The new HTC device
is thinner and offers more battery life than its HTC 3G predecessor and will be
one the first Sprint phones to take advantage of the carrier’s upgraded voice
technology, called HD Voice. The technology uses a new voice encoder and
decoder in the Sprint network and in the handset, plus dual microphones, to
provide fuller, more natural-sounding voices and reduce background noises. HD
Voice will be enabled in the network in late 2012. HD-compatible phones on both
ends of a conversation are needed to take advantage of the technology, the
company previously said.
network will be available in a handful of markets in mid-2012. Sprint, however,
has promised to complete its LTE rollout by the end of 2013. The phone does not
incorporate mobile WiMAX 4G, which Sprint offers in 71 markets covering more
than 130 million people and will be phased out.
Sprint promised more than 15 LTE devices in
2012 and has already announced plans for the LG Viper, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and
a Sierra Wireless mobile hot spot.
The Evo 4G LTE
is thinnest LTE phone yet, at 0.35 inches. It features Android 4.0, 4.7-inch
super LCD HD display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 2,000 mAh embedded
battery, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and
Nearfield Communications (NFC) technology. NFC is used in the phone’s Android
Beam feature, which lets users share web pages, apps and YouTube videos by
tapping phones together.
The phone also
features Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, which enables 3G/4G mobile hot spot capability
supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.
Like HTC’s One-series
phones, the Evo 4G LTE sports multiple camera enhancements under the ImageSense
name and applies Beats Audio technology to all audio sources, not just to