The HTC Evo 4G LTE Android smartphone recently got a double dose of good news for all those smartphone shoppers who either already own the device and were having problems with the Google Wallet and Near Field Communications (NFC) compatibility, or who were waiting for a retail price drop before they bought the full-featured 4G smartphone. HTC announced with Google that the Google Wallet issue when using NFC to set up accounts and access payment information has been fixed, and users at several Android blogs online have reported the same. Also, the Evo 4G LTE Sprint handset received a substantial price adjustment, and is now selling for $49 on contract at select retailers.
One of only a few smart phones to provide simultaneous high definition image and video capture, while also recording in stereo sound, the HTC Evo 4G LTE handset provides video capture in 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p HD) and 30 frames per second with its rear mounted 8.0 megapixel camcorder. That camcorder also benefits from 40% better light capture thanks to its F/2.0 lens, and snapshots can be taken nearly instantly, in only 0.7 seconds. The camcorder delivers standard features such as autofocus, smile and face detection, white balance and digital zoom, but also delivers high-end features like a back illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, multishot mode and high dynamic range mode (HDR). A front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam is also on board.
The Evo 4G LTE delivers Android’s 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system out-of-the-box, and the Sense version 4.0 user interface is integrated into that OS. Slim at only 0.35 inches (8.99 mm) in thickness, the handset is also light at 4.73 ounces (134 g). Delivering one of the largest displays found on any 4G smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G LTE creates images in more than 16 million separate colors and 312 pixels per inch. That endows the Super LCD 2 display with an overall screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass offers scratch and chip resistance.
Running the show is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon microchip package, including a dual core 1.5 GHz Krait central processor and Adreno 225 graphics processing chip. The handset comes with 1.0 GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of user accessible storage built-in, and a microSD slot allows for storage expansion. In the multimedia package, a Stereo FM radio with RDS joins a built-in music player, YouTube video player and full range Beats Audio system. Buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $49.