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Hands on: HTC Evo 4G LTE for Sprint

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Wed April 4, 2012

Phone pairs Android 4.0 with dual-core Snapdragon

As expected, HTC and Sprint have formally unveiled the Evo 4G LTE smartphone at a special event in New York City. The handset appears to serve as an LTE variant of HTC's One X, which was introduced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, though the Sprint model offers several additional upgrades alongside the LTE radio.

The One X and the Evo 4G LTE both share the same 4.7-inch "Super LCD" display, pairing a large spread with 1280x720 resolution for an impressive pixel density and native HD video playback. The phone does not feel massive, despite the large display, as the panel is surrounded by a relatively thin bezel.

We have been impressed by the quad-core Tegra 3 chipset that powers many of the latest non-LTE Android handsets. On paper, the Evo 4G LTE technically steps down in the core count with its dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, matching AT&T's One X, however we found it difficult to find any real-world performance discrepancy between both chipsets.

The Evo 4G LTE's overall build appears to be an improvement over the One X, with extensive use of aluminum with black anodization. The slip-resistant blasted finish is complemented by red anodization on the kickstand--another welcome feature--and bare aluminum around the outside edge. The housing also integrates a larger 2,000mAh battery to help compensate for the quick drain that many users complain of when connected via LTE.

The dedicated camera button, f2.0 lens, range-sensitive flash, and eight-megapixel sensor make the One X and the Evo 4G LTE impressive shooters in the smartphone arena. Users can also react quickly by pressing the camera button to bring up the app without unlocking the phone, while the continuous shooting mode sustains four frames per second.

Overall, we enjoyed trying out the Evo 4G LTE. Minor improvements over the One X variants make the device an attractive option in the high-end Android phone market, and the second-quarter launch timing means eager Sprint subscribers won't have to wait long to get their hands on one.

by MacNN Staff



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