Sprint announced in the past that it has deployed the necessary infrastructure for its LTE network but has yet to give the green light for it to go online. This didn’t stop the wireless provider though in building a handset base of LTE-supporting handsets that its subscribers can take advantage of once its LTE network gets lit up later this year. Sprint started with the addition of its version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is now available for public consumption.
The most recent addition however is the HTC EVO 4G LTE, its variant of the HTC One X, the flagship device of the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer. The journey of the HTC EVO 4G LTE to the shelves of the carrier has been a rough one though. If you’ll remember, the handset missed its initial launch date when it got held up at US Customs for review and investigation by the International Trade Commission. This due to an exclusion order after Apple claimed that the HTC EVO 4G LTE infringed on some of the patents of the company.
HTC was able to work things out though and rearranged the firmware of the handset and took off the infringing code that’s why the HTC EVO 4G LTE was given the green light to ship and continue on its journey towards the shelves of the wireless provider. And now that the handset is finally available off of the shelves of Sprint, the subscribers of the carrier has gotten another option that will let them maximize the benefits of the LTE network of the carrier once it gets lit up.
In addition to the support the HTC EVO 4G LTE packs for Sprint’s LTE network, pundits are claiming that the handset is by far the best smartphone to be offered by the carrier. The impressive components and capabilities it brings to the table are first and foremost the reason for this because there is no doubt that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is just as powerful as the other high-end devices offered by other wireless providers.
Should you have plans of making the HTC EVO 4G LTE your mobile weapon of choice, the handset is now available at Sprint-authorized retailers for only $149.99. Of course, you will be required to sign a new two-year agreement with the wireless provider to take advantage of the handset at its listed price. However, this is all worth it given the impressive specs sheet of the device.
For starters, the HTC EVO 4G LTE already runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its operating system and this is powered by the smartphone’s QualComm MSM8960 SnapDragon chipset. The snappy performance of the handset on the other hand is brought about by its dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and full gigabyte of RAM. The internal storage of the HTC EVO 4G LTE comes up to 16GB but unlike the HTC One X, the handset has a microSD card slot for memory expansion purposes. The display of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a 4.7-inch SuperIPS LCD2 panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels while its camera department outfits the handset with an 8MP shooter at its back panel while its front bezel is home to its 1.3MP video chat camera. You can buy the HTC Evo 4G LTE starting at $129.