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.
Sprint's LTE 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 stored music.