Our prediction that HTC and Sprint were going to reveal an EVO-branded HTC One phone was correct: The HTC Evo 4G LTE made its debut this afternoon in New York City. The Evo 4G LTE will go on sale sometime in the second quarter of 2012 for $200.
Despite its clunky name, the Evo 4G LTE looks like a slick handset. We got our hands on the global HTC One X back in February, and its design and specs are very similar to the One X.
As HTC told us at Mobile World Congress a little more than a month ago, the company was focused on three key elements for its One line of phones: Camera, design, and sound. The Evo 4G LTE definitely has the design element, with red accents meant to mimic a DSLR camera. And staying faithful to the Evo family of phones, the Evo 4G LTE has a built-in red kickstand.
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Like the rest of the One line, the Evo 4G LTE’s camera also has the HTC ImageSense software with the HTC ImageChip. HTC One cameras boast an almost no-lag shutter speed, an f2.0 aperture, and a handful of different shooting modes, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Panorama.
Also similar to the HTC One X is the 4.7-inch Super LCD display, the Android 4.0 operating system with HTC’s Sense 4.0, and Beats Audio for music enhancement.
There are a few differences between the Evo 4G LTE and the global HTC One X, however. For instance, the Evo 4G LTE will be the first phone on a U.S. carrier with HD Voice.
Sprint ‘s demo of HD Voice showed how it significantly decreases background noise. This is made possible by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip, the same chip found in the AT&T version of the HTC One X.
Sadly, as we predicted, there’s no Tegra 3 quad-core chip in the HTC Evo 4G LTE as in the global version. The MSM8960 uses dual-microphone noise suppression and earpiece active noise cancellation.
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The Evo 4G LTE will be available for pre-order starting May 7. We’ll have a hands-on with our first impressions of this new smartphone up shortly. Stay tuned.