Sprint has finally confirmed the launch date and price for its latest and greatest HTC device -- the EVO 4G LTE. The new EVO, which packs similar internals to the One X, will arrive next Friday, May 18. And on a standard two-year contract, it'll set you back $199.99. For that money, you get a Snapdragon S4-powered beast with a 4.7-inch, 720p SuperLCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP ImageSense camera and ICS, backed up by HTC Sense 4. Oh, and a funky red kickstand, too.

We've seen plenty of the EVO 4G LTE over the past few weeks. We went hands-on with the device at its New York launch event last month, and caught up with it again at CTIA this week.

If you're interested in picking one up, it's available for pre-order now. Check past the break for the full presser from Sprint.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 09, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, announce the Friday, May 18, availability of the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO™ family, HTC EVO™ 4G LTE.

It will cost $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). Pre-order began May 7 at www.sprint.com/evo4glte.

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets the benchmark for Android devices this year with its incredible 4.7-inch screen, advanced camera features and future HD voice capabilities when combined with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its cutting-edge technology pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Sense™ 4. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to every part of the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting.

HTC EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s first device with HTC’s Authentic Sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. Beats Audio is enabled across the entire phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTube™ video, or playing the latest hot game.

HTC EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, future HD voice capabilities2, 2000mAh embedded battery and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. It is powered by the Snapdragon™ S4 processor by Qualcomm, delivering best-in-class performance and a power efficient platform for exceptionally long battery life. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

“With the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we’re launching a true successor the original EVO, bringing a focus on innovation, design and industry-leading consumer experiences,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC America. “The millions of current and new EVO fans will appreciate our amazing camera that’s superfast, easy-to-use and takes video and photos at the same time as well as our enhanced audio experience that you need to hear to believe.”

Respected device critics are buzzing with excitement for HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few of the praises that poured in when it was announced earlier this month:

“The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a good looking phone and will make fans of Sprint's EVO line very, very happy. It packs every spec anyone could possibly ask for: dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch HD display, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system, enhanced by Sense 4.0. Oh, let's not forget the kickstand!” – Eric Zeman, Phonescoop
“The original superphone has been reborn.” – Mark Spoonauer, Laptop Magazine
“As for first impressions, I was shocked when I finally got to hold an EVO 4G LTE. In the presentation videos the phone looked thick and bulky. In person, it's anything but. It is thin, deceptively lightweight and absolutely beautiful.” – Gary Krakow, TheStreet.com
“Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It's an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package.” – Steve Kovach, Business Insider
HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

As part of the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch, Sprint will be giving customers a chance to share their LOVE on Facebook. To learn how you could enter for the chance to win UNLIMITED LOVE, make sure to visit Sprint’s Facebook page on May 18 for details.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.


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Sprint EVO 4G LTE available May 18 for $199


So with the message on pre-order status (still) saying "The launch date for this handset will be announced in the next few days, thank you for your patience. Delivery should occur within 1 to 3 business days thereafter," does that mean they'll be shipping starting now, or that I'll be getting it 1 to 3 business days after May 18?

Enquiring minds want to know!

I have seen a few occasions where people were getting their devices delivered before the official release date. If you don't get it before, you'll get it after - that's a safe assumption.

That's the thing... Sprint's been making a lot of noise about how pre-orderers will get it before everyone else, and the way that message is written can mean two things:

1) It will be delivered 1 to 3 days after the release date.


2) It will be delivered 1 to 3 days after the release date is announced.

I'm (obviously) hoping that it's #2, and won't be upset if I don't get it until the 18th... But it puzzles me that they'd use the wording they did if not.

The latter is much more likely. Don't look for it in 1-3 days from now, or you'll be disappointed for 2 weeks straight.

Just chatted with Mike @ Sprint and this is what he said:

Mike: Thanks for pre-ordering a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE! The launch date for this handset will be on May 18, 2012. You can expect to receive the device on or before this date. You may continue to track the status of your order on this web page. If you have questions, check out sprint.com/preorder for more info.

Mike: You will receive an e-mail with the shipping carriers name and your orders tracking number when the shipping carrier has picked up your order. You may otherwise feel free to track the status from the My Order page. You may do so by visiting www.Sprint.com/myorder.

It sure is - I've had it up to here with the memory limitations on my OG EVO. If not for that, I'd be waiting for the Note to come to Sprint. Now all we need are some cases to become available!

My order status message just changed to:

"Thanks for pre-ordering a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE, an email will be sent the second it ships. Sprint is working to have shipments begin arriving on May 18th, thank you for your patience."

...so pre-orderers will not be getting it early, I guess.

Oh well.

Can anyone confirm if this phone will be Wimax compatible as well. Live in Cleveland which has not been posted as a Lte city anytime soon paid Bill on Friday and WAS TOLD BY A SPIRIT REP that all new Lte phones are Lte/Wimax compatible. Unfortunately I don't believe him

The new EVO is not compatible with the current 4G WiMax network. It will only connect to the upcoming 4G LTE Network. See s4gru.com for more details on the roll-out. Cleveland area is a Phase 2 market. Probly in place by Q2 next year or earlier depending on how fast the work goes. Get this phone though, it will be the best out there probably until next year...really. It's that good! Go to an ATT store and check out the One X screen, it's the same as the one on the EVO LTE. It'll blow your mind and make you preorder!

It just makes no sense why Sprint wouldn't make their new flagship phones Wimax compatible being that they said they are supporting Mimax until 2016... It prob will support it. I'll bet you $5

I'll take that bet you're gonna regret, 'cause I'm the best that's ever been.

Supporting WIMAX until 2016 means they won't shut off the network for existing devices until then. To assume they would SELL devices until then is ludicrous. What happens when you buy the device at the end of 2015 and then they stop "supporting" it 6 months later? You'd be furious! Don't count on many more, if any, WIMAX devices from Sprint proper, regardless of what Boost or Virgin do with the old Sprint network.

Actually, it makes plenty of sense. The way I understand it, Sprint will support Wimax until around 2015 or so, at which point, most (if not all) of the Wimax capable phones should be off the network (Wimax phones will probably be sold until the end of the year +2 year contract + a few months to a year for those that want to hang onto their phones a bit longer = mid-to-late 2015). Then, Sprint will start farming up the spectrum from Wimax to be used for LTE or whatever newfangled wireless technology is the craze at that time. Wimax is old news, Sprint knows it, and is trying to phase it out as quickly as possible.
Exactly the same situation as the 800 MHz iDen network. Sprint's waiting till all customers are off that network, and when that happens (if it hasn't already), they'll start converting it to use for LTE.

Why should Sprints time table really matter to you??? Your not purchasing this devices anyway. Spring break is over college classes should be in session why are you in these formus college boy??? Go back to your trolling over at androidandme you don't belong here at this site.

God you're a moron.
1. Go get a calendar and acquaint yourself with the times of the year, because Spring Break was done and over MONTHS ago. Also, colleges all over the east coast are wrapping up for *Summer* Break. Again, go get a calendar.
2. Not that you'd know or anything, since you're obviously not me, but I plan on getting either the Galaxy Nexus or the Evo LTE. So all of this does indeed matter to me you short-sited troll.
3. Ever heard of the 1st Amendment Dick? You should read up on that. In fact, try actually *using* your "pimp slapping" Galaxy Nexus for something and Google it. If you know how.

Actually it doesn't make sense these new sprint devices ARE NOT WIMAX capable. The Galaxy Nexus on Sprint is 3g ONLY right now until LTE becomes available. Same thing with the EVO 4G LTE if you purchase this device on May 18th you will use it on Sprints 3g network unless you are in one of the launched are that have LTE. This BOZO squiddy20 comes on these forums with all this jargon and walks around with some stupid Samsung Moment. It's been years since he purchased any kind of device. If your on Sprint DO NOT LISTEN to this ass bucket purchase your EVO 4G LTE with pride on day one. The EVO 4G LTE along with Sprints upcoming version of the Galaxy S3 will be the device on Sprint this year enjoy them. I applaud Sprint and it's new Evo the Evo brand has always been special and helped to place android further on the map back in 2010 when the granddaddy of all Evo devices was born June 4th. Sprint LOVES it's Evo family of devices and so do i.

As you've pointed out many many times, I have a "useless" Samsung Moment, a 3G only phone. Going from a 3G only phone to a 3G and LTE phone (when LTE is lit up) is only a plus. Use that pitiful excuse for a brain once in awhile Richard.
After all this time, I would've thought you'd know what "jargon" actually means since I've been correcting your sorry ass about it since you first used it incorrectly about a year ago. Go get a dictionary.
"If your on Sprint DO NOT LISTEN to this ass bucket purchase your EVO 4G LTE with pride on day one." How about this: let people make their own damn choices. Is that really so hard to ask? Unlike you, I'm not telling anyone to do anything. Grow up kid (this, coming from a person who's half your age is in itself, quite sad).
If you "LOVE" and "applaud" the Evo line and Sprint, then why'd you leave for "useless", "shitty" Verizon, Dick? Did your "legendary" Evo 3D leave something to be desired?

Sprint does not own the spectrum used for WiMax. It is owned by a company called Clearwire. Sprint contacted with them to make the 4g network. Clearwire was going to resell it to Sprint and anyother company that could pay for it. This has not worked out well...

Anyhow, since Sprint does not own WiMax to start with, dropping it does not help their network at all. Clearwire is making it into a LTE network, but we will see how that goes.

That Sprint Rep told you a lie or your misunderstood. NONE of the new LTE phones are equipped with WiMax. LTE and 3G only.

No doubt. My rep scolded me to put my seat back forward and tray table up before taking my EVO order...

i have been told by my friend who works for Sprint that it was also WiMax compatible. i told i didn't believe him and he said that an HTC rep came into his store to train him on the phone and he assured them it was able to pick up WiMax. i am still not sure if i believe him though haha. i guess we will find out soon... i am in a Wimax area but i will not be in an area that is going to be cover by Sprint LTE. if his phone isnt Wimax compatible then i will be going back to using only 3G. that will be painful cuz Sprints 3G is straight garbage.

Your friend is one who gives us knowledgeable employees a bad name. All internal specs on LTE state that it is not compatible with WiMax. Having WiMax and LTE support would require 3 radio chips.

What a shame, something must have gotten lost in translation along the way. In either case though the evo 4g lte will not, I repeat WILL NOT support wimax like many others have already said. So if your friend insists that it does then he needs to find another job, no offense.

he has actually, he quits Sprint in 2 weeks. he just graduated college. i, more or less, have wishful thinking when it comes to this subject i suppose.

I live in chicago, and still have the Og Evo. I'm gonna have to wait it out till LTE goes live in the Chi, plus I'm waiting for a white white evo lte.

Chicago will have LTE at launch. It's just that Chicago is so vast compared to some of the cities they named that they wont have all of it covered to state, Chicago will have LTE. by the end of May, they are suppose to be done with the burbs and moving into the city

I've been on and off the fence about this phone, all because of how incredibly ugly it is. I know people say that how the phone looks shouldn't matter, but I also wouldn't buy a hideous car just because the specs were great.

Now that the 3D has ICS, I think I'm going to hold off for now. No LTE in Memphis anyway, so no rush.

Got mine coming from Wirefly.. Looking forward to it, though I'll be sad to see my Epic Touch go.... It's been the best phone I've ever had. I hope that this lives up to that standard!

I wish this version of the HTC One X would've also launched on AT&T. It is the best version of the One X in the US. It looks great. :(

You have to give it to those Note owners, they really love their Notes. Plus they're not near as obnoxious as some of the GNEX users. LOL

I love the look of this phone and if it lives up to the One X then it's a no brainer to get. The One X is fast, light, awesome screen and I don't regret buying it.

From everything that I have read about this phone it will not support Wimax. Look Sprint knows that it lost ground backing Wimax and now is playing catch up with Lte which is what they should have used in the first place. Can't wait to finally replace my original HTC Evo Wimax for an Lte version. Even though I still waiting on Sprint to show some 4G love Phoenix way.

If past history with Sprint preorders holds true, we should get the preordered phones around the 17th and possibly on the 16th.. fingers crossed! hehe!

Since I have a bit of a wait (not eligible for upgrade till Aug 1) I'm looking forward to all of your first hand reports in the forums. I'm 80% certain this is the phone I'm upgrading to (100% if Sprint doesn't get the Galexy S III by the time I'm ready).

My Sprint upgrade is also on Aug 1. This is perfect as it gives me time for both devices to roll out (EVO4GLTE and Galaxy SIII) I'm still on the fence about which on to order and I really can't compare until the SIII is on the market. My comfort zone says get the EVO since I currently own the OG EVO and I am familiar with HTC and Sense. However the Galaxy SIII looks really sweet as well.

I do know that the One X is a no-go due to the limited storage. It is a gorgeous phone, however. Anyway, my Aug 1 upgrade date gives me time to see each device "in the wild" for a little while.

YES! YES! YES!!! This awesome new phone will be MINE! Sorry Samsung, your shiny new Galaxy S III seems nice and all. It even has some nice features -- features that are missing on the Evo LTE, but they are all gimmicky. And not enough to make me have to wait until September to upgrade... (Although, its entirely possible that the reason that Sprint is releasing this phone uncharacteristically early is to make room for the GS3 sale window in June. )

Still, not that big of a difference. I like the bold look of the Evo more than the GS3. The hardware is similar spec for spec, except the Evo will have the better screen, camera, a kickstand and dedicated two-stage camera button, so why wait?

this is what my pre-order status says now.....

Status: Thanks for pre-ordering a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE, an email will be sent the second it ships. Delivery will begin within 1 to 3 business days starting May 18th. Thank you for your patience. You may continue to track the status of your order on this web page. If you have questions, check out sprint.com/preorder for more info.

wtf is the point of a pre order when I can walk into the store on the 18th and get it....

I got the same message. If the stores have ready to sell I am going to call up Sprint and tell them to forget it. I will go buy it from the store.

Stores will have plenty on hand. If the store is high volume, they will at least have enough to cover any in-store preorders.

Got mine for $119 thru Wirefly Friends & Family (google it or hit the AC boards). Everyone else is doing $150 pre orders but most will charge tax. Anyone that pre-orders for $200 from Sprint is just a sucker.

I wish this was coming out on Verizon since I'm leaving Sprint. This is a killer phone but running on Sprint's 3G network is like having a Lamborghini that only runs in 1st gear. I was at a Met's game (no comment) and I couldn't upload pics to Facebook or text pics because the 3G network in the area was so bogged down it was unusable. To upload 3 pics to Facebook I ended up watching my battery go from 95% when I got to the game to 37% when I left 3 hours later. I sent a complaint to Sprint and the person said that the LTE won't be turned on in the NYC area until Q4 of this year. Thats at least 4 months of nothing but 3G in NYC with speeds so slow it would be faster FedExing info to people.

Funny, I was at an Oregon Ducks game last season and all the AT&T/VZW fanboys could'nt do it either but on my OG EVO I was having NO Issue. It depends on who uses what most in what area you are in. 40,000 People using the network at the same time bogs the network down a little ya think! In your case when only 12 people were at the game with you I can see why you would be mad about a slow network lol Just messin!

Unfortunately the Mets debacle told me 2 things:

1- Sprint is terrible at games. I've had the same issue at Mets, Yankees and Knicks games.

2- I did a really bad job as a parent cause in a family of Yankee fans my 6 yr old is trying to become a Mets fan. Its sinful. My older brother is threatening to report me to child services.

In all seriousness here in NYC it used to be that Verizon and Sprint were king and AT&T and TMobile users were 2nd class citizens. Now the tables have turned. Now everyone is laughing at me and my ghetto Sprint service. I swear people running on EDGE get faster data than me. as for 4G in NYC. Well its cool as long as I stand still. If I walk more than a block I can lose the connection.

Sprint is starting to make me hate smartphones.

I know what you mean. For me, THE only thing that is keeping me on Sprint is their attractive and reasonable prices, combined with the HORRENDOUS and COMPLETELY EXTORTIONIST pricing on Verizon and AT&T. But there is hope. Sprint is well aware of the problem, so in about 6 months or so, the network will be better and a hell of a lot faster... I can't wait.

The Galaxy Note is a man's phone. From this point forward if a phone doesn't have at least a 5.3" screen it's not worth considering. The extra screen real estate makes many tasks easier to complete. Movie watching is also alot better on my Note. I'm a former Sprint customer who purchased the original Evo when it launched. One of the things that blew me away about that phone was the screen size. The S-pen is a nice addition to the Note that adds even more functionality. I actually had a 7" Galaxy Tab but I've sold it because the Note eliminates the need to carry two devices. It's truly an amazing product by Samsung. Hopefully Sprint will get the Note someday so that more people can experience it.

This is the status on Sprint.com about my order. (and yours)

Thanks for pre-ordering a shiny new HTC EVO 4G LTE, an email will be sent the second it ships. Sprint is working to have shipments begin arriving on May 18th, thank you for your patience. You may continue to track the status of your order on this web page. If you have questions, check out sprint.com/preorder for more info.

The words "working" and "begin arriving" make me wish I had pre ordered from best buy. I was hoping to get it a couple days early... Oh well. Fooked again by sprint.

Nothing would stop you from canceling your preorder and going to Best Buy. In fact, with all the incentives, you'd be foolish not to consider it, especially if you did the Phone Freedom thing in February.

Thanks for pre-ordering. You are one step closer to getting your phone. Keep an eye out for a shipping email with your tracking information. We will do our best to get it to you before others get a glimpse on Friday, May 18. For questions, visit sprint.com/preorder.