HTC and Sprint held a press event yesterday where the next generation of EVO handsets was unveiled. Dubbed the EVO 4G LTE, it’ll be the first phone to take advantage of Sprint’s under construction LTE network. Powering the curiously styled handset are specifications that are similar to the AT&T HTC One X that was unveiled at MWC. That means a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 running at 1.5 Ghz, and 1 GB of RAM all driving a 4.7 inch 720p display. Like the One line, it feature’s HTC’s new camera technology called ImageSense, powering two cameras: a 8 MP rear camera with F/2.0 lens, and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. It’ll have Android 4.0 at launch with HTC Sense 4’s enhancements and custom applications.
It doesn’t forget it’s EVO roots though, retaining the iconic kickstand and red/black color combination. Other exclusive features include HD Voice technology along with a microSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB of storage, augmenting the 16 GB of internal storage. Sprint will be the first network in the US to use HD Voice, which they claim provides greatly improved voice quality, while the One X does not have external storage.
Sadly it appears that HTC’s intention to firm up it’s branding around the One line has (predictably) fallen by the wayside, hopefully the EVO remains the exception rather than the rule.
Sprint hasn’t announced a firm release date, instead opting to say “Q2” and bringing online a pre-order page.