When talking about LTE coverage in our side of the world, Verizon is still the leading the league with the carrier having the widest reach in all of US shores. AT&T is at the second spot while Sprint which just recently got the green light to light up its LTE network is at third. However, Sprint is going through an expansionist policy in terms of LTE coverage where it projects the completion of its nationwide 4G LTE coverage by the end of 2013.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE is currently available starting at $79 at select online retailers.
As of the moment, Sprint is still taking baby steps in the rollout of its LTE network where it initially lit up its coverage last July 15 in 15 markets. However, the wireless provider is little by little expanding its coverage with the recent announcement that 4 more cities are about to get the speed and power of its LTE network. According to the press statement of the carrier, the 4 cities that will get LTE coverage before Labor Day are as follows:
- Baltimore, MD
- Gainesville, GA
- Manhattan/Junction City, KS
- Sherman-Denison, TX
With this expansion, Sprint subscribers rocking an LTE-capable handset from the carrier will get a wider LTE playground to play in. Looking back, even before the LTE network of Sprint got lit up, the carrier already has a sizeable handset base of LTE-packing smartphones and one of these is the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Because of this, its subscribers can already get their hands on an LTE smartphone and just wait for the network to go online.
As for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, this is one of the better-performing handsets in the lineup of Sprint and its addition to the carrier’s stable was announced last April. However, the handset missed its initial launch date of May 21 because the HTC EVO 4G LTE had to stay at the US Customs while the International Trade Commission reviewed and investigated the handset. This was the result of an injunction when Apple filed a lawsuit claiming that the HTC EVO 4G LTE infringed on some of its patents. Good thing HTC was able to take care of this by reviewing the firmware of the handset and taking out the alleged offending code. The rest as they say was history and the handset finally made its debut at the shelves of Sprint albeit at a much later date.
As for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the handset already runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its operating system and this is powered by a QualComm MSM8960 SnapDragon chipset. This SoC brings to the table a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 1 GB of RAM while the storage space of the handset is rated at 16 GB. This is still expandable though by using the handset’s dedicated microSD card slot. Display-wise, the HTC EVO 4G LTE sports a 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 panel with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels while its camera department includes an 8MP shooter and a 1.3MP front snapper. Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $79.