HTC EVO 4G LTE

An internal document suggested that a white HTC EVO 4G LTE (see our review) would be coming to Sprint July 15th. We now have an official announcement from Sprint that confirms that rumor. The only color that's been available thus far has been black.

The white version will be available in stores and online for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

A lot has happened since May, so if you don't remember all of the specifics of the HTC EVO 4G LTE, it boasts:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.7-inch HD Super LCD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • NFC
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • Supports microSD

So if you've been waiting for the white version, it's only a matter of days before you can pick one up. If you plan buy one or are wondering how others like it, visit our HTC EVO 4G LTE Forum. Please see the press release after the break.

Sprint Nextel Corporation has posted the following release to its Newsroom website:

Sprint Debuts HTC EVO 4G LTE in White on July 15 for $199.99

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 12, 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, are giving customers another reason to love the smartphone lauded by respected reviewers with the addition of HTC EVO™ 4G LTE in white. The stunning white smartphone is framed by its aluminum unibody and sports a matching silver kickstand and aluminized back plate for a sleek and refined look.

HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available in white beginning Sunday, July 15, exclusively in all Sprint-owned sales channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), for $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). HTC EVO 4G LTE launched in May and is currently available in an anodized black finish in all sales channels.

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets a new standard for smartphones and boasts Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC Sense® 4, a blazing-fast processor, 4.7-inch HD display for a rich multimedia experience and the ability to have HD Voice capabilities in the future,” said Fared Adib, vice president–Product Development, Sprint. “Pairing the HTC EVO innovation with Sprint’s Everything Data Plans for a truly unlimited data experience gives customers a powerful combination.”

Martin Fichter, vice president-Product Management, HTC America, said, “HTC’s amazing camera and authentic sound experience bring the HTC EVO 4G LTE to life as a true successor to the original HTC EVO, one of the most successful Android franchises in the United States.”

Cutting-edge function and style

HTC EVO 4G LTE, exclusively from Sprint, is a multimedia powerhouse designed to deliver a high-definition experience at 4G LTE speeds. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting of up to 99 images, 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. It also contains HTC’s authentic sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology is enabled across multiple facets of the 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 is loaded with industry-leading features, including the latest version of HTC Sense, a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, Snapdragon™ S4 Processor by Qualcomm® with Dual-core CPUs and an advanced 8-megapixel camera. It also brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design. HTC EVO 4G LTE is the first HD voice-capable phone announced by any U.S. wireless carrier, and, when available, will make mobile voice quality crystal clear while nearly eliminating background noise.2

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.

Respected technology media agree Sprint has done it again with HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few accolades from early reviews:

“Powerful parts, lovely screen, stunning design, and an excellent camera help the EVO 4G LTE re-stoke the fires of the EVO faithful.” – CNET
“It's clear that the EVO 4G LTE camera delivers.” – Engadget
“The EVO 4G LTE feels remarkable in the hand and the design stands out from the crowd of me-too full-slate smartphones.” – IntoMobile
“The first thing that struck us is how thin the phone is at 0.35". This is the most svelte EVO yet, and it weighs 4.73 ounces.” – MobileTechReview
“All were contenders, but the HTC EVO 4G LTE gets our nod for best phone for its integration of HD Voice, a new technology being rolled out on Sprint's network that enhances call quality by enriching voice tones and reducing background noise.” – Techlicious
HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM include 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 $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web3 (excludes taxes and surcharges).

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

 
There are 64 comments

ShaneOryan says:

That look alot better than the black one.

guinnkevinr says:

I agree. Way better looking

It would look best in LTE!

flashpanda says:

Why could it not just be full white and not this nasty dual color mess? Solid white would have looked so much better.

That's your personal opinion. This phone would not look Good in all white.

ReaganDee says:

Speaking of personal opinions.

Nev says:

+1

omg that's the POINT dumbass...

Quills#WP says:

^butthurt

Quills#WP says:

i see what u did there

Because you can't make a solid piece of metal opaque white without painting it. Duh.

angermeans says:

The phone in general just doesn't look great in my opinion. It doesn't even seem to be in the same class as the One X. A guy at my apartment complex was messing around with one and wanted to trade me for my Galaxy Nexus (I wouldnt as I am on Verizon and would never go to Sprint). So I took a look at it and it is just not HTC quality in my eyes. I mean I have to give them applause for doing something different as for years all their phones have looked the same, but the One X and especially the One S are dead sexy phones and this one is ugly as sin. The white does look quite a bit better, but the black is one of the ugliest phones I have seen since Moto's Razr and Droid 4 line.

flashpanda says:

Why could it not just be full white and not this nasty dual color mess? Solid white would have looked so much better.

caesar21 says:

This white one looks so much better than the black. I LIKE this one here.

I actually think that phone looks damn hot in white/silver. Its actually nicer than I thought it would look. White/silver contrast looks 10 times better than the black/black on the black version.

Still want a photo of the front to make sure HTC isnt going to screw this up like they did with the original EVO when they tried to come out with a white version that still used the same black parts on the front of the device.

bryanw504 says:

I don't understand you HTC why not release both colors at the same time so that we as customers have a choice. Or at least say hey its coming in white and black. But no nothing was said all we got was rumors so now the folks that bought the black one are stuck with it instead of the white one which looks so much better. Apple and samsung do it I don't see why its so hard for you HTC especially with the success of white phones in the past. I wonder how many people that bought the black one are pissed because now after a month or so later they release the white one. Just like they did he OG Evo.

xemtra says:

holy crap that is some hotness. if it had 2GB of RAM it would be a buy. but i'll have to stick w/ GS3

butters619 says:

I think it looks better than the black, but not sure why they made the bottom glossy white.

Cubfan says:

Show us the front. Who looks at the back?

Apparently everyone who complained about the black one when it leaked.

DANNYS.SER says:

Dam pretty nice just hope front is white and not black like in the past...

Totally agree, I am cautiously optimistic because I think the back looks hot but I am reserving judgement until I see a photo of the front to make sure HTC didnt screw this up the same way the screwed up the OG EVO in white.

Uncle Louie says:

VERY nice...

jean15paul says:

Nice, but as soon as I wrap a case around it, it will be hidden forever.

flashpanda says:

It will be black in the front. Look at the one x and the evo 3d both have white backs and black fronts. I Don't understand why they do that.

Sadly they do it to save money by not having to create more additional parts. The more identical parts between the black and white version the cheaper it is to make. I'm still holding out hope the front will be all white but I wouldnt bet anything on it.

NobleD says:

YES.. the front is white too.. here is a picture:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/07/htc-evo-4g-lte-whi...

tndank says:

Might want to look at the white 3D again.

The LTE has a white front as well.

Raadius says:

Looks a HELL of a lot better than the black one, still on Sprints shitty 3G, and non existent LTE network.

koertje1 says:

That looks sick! Makes me glad I didn't jump on the black one. Kinda wish they would have kept the red kickstand though

Agreed. The Red kickstand would have made it very "Christmas-y" .

Looks great front is probably silver like the bottom its one piece

MitchAifa says:

Damn! HTC really knows how to design their smartphone.. It looks damn sexy! Samsung, take a couple of design training sessions on HTC.. Put this design and build quality on Galaxy S3, that would be a almost a perfect superphone.. Envy much.. One X looks shit compared to Evo 4G LTE.. :/

TheShoob says:

Agree.

jmogha says:

From what I know about design (almost nothing), having the silver in the middle just seems much more pleasing. Also, the kickstand blends in even more nicely here. I wonder if the black EVO would look better with a matte black kick stand and even a glossy bottom (the speaker part). But I do still think our black ones would look great with a matte top (don't feel like sanding).

rob90262 says:

I wonder if there would ever be a conversion kit for the people who bought the black one

Nev says:

Hawt.

joba78 says:

Nice! I just want the silver kickstand to add to my black EVO. Does anyone know where I could order that piece once this white EVO hits the market? Also hoping a company begins making the back camera panel in different colors. (ie Black with yellow ring, or Black with silver ring)

mikem086 says:

Hmmm a white EVO huh,that's cool I'm still content with my black EVO. Now sprint HOW ABOUT SOME DAMN LTE for our white/black EVOs!!!!!!!

Thanks in advance

area223 says:

Very confused. http://www.androidunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/White-Evo-4G-LTE.jpg
Either way, they look sexy as hell!

TheShoob says:

I have no problem with the design of the black one, have it and love it. But I wish they had released this one at the same damn time so i could of had the option.

jorgeix says:

hmmm says:

I am surprised the kickstand still isn't red. I thought that was one of the iconic EVO things.

frozndevl says:

OG Evo had a silver kickstand, so the red kickstand may be the evoLTE speaking.

hmmm says:

Also, considering the front of the phone on the EVO is unibody with the back part that is shown in silver here I am guessing that the front might be that silver color rather than white but who knows.

Colors like this are really hard to gauge with the renders that are shown in these press shots. That silver color may be a lot darker in person but with the really bright lighting they are using it could just be making it look lighter.

wmurch3 says:

Very nice. Still prefer my black EVO but this one should suit the ladies a little better.

I think a lot of guys like the white too. It just stands out from the sea of drab black slabs out there. Coming from the OG Evo, I want something other than black.

hmmm says:

The problem is when manufacturers try to not do a black drab you get the EVO LTE which a lot of people criticized for not being all drab black.

Papadakis says:

wow I love that look. dont ask why, but amg mercedes comes to mind when looking at that white/silver combo

This little bit of news just changed my mind to the Evo camp (from SIII). Looks way better than the black but I still need to see it in person.

jorgeix says:

according to the picture that phonedog.com has on its website, which I posted a link a few minutes ago, the front looks white with a silver trim and it appears that the area of the speaker grill is also silver.

I don't think white phones are only for the ladies.

I like the white much better than the black one. the black one doesn't stand out of the crowd, I like the phone itself but I think the black is boring.

Jaymcp says:

I agree that white phones are not just for ladies and douche bags, as someone so eloquently said earlier. I personally find black boring as well, and prefer the clean look of a white phone. Just a personal preference, and not an indication of my sexuality or personality.

Habiib says:

Not sure if anyone noticed, but the kickstand on the white EVO is different from the black one. On the end you can see that it is somewhat indented at the tip, compared to the black EVO where it is just straight from end to end. Aside from that this has got to be the most gorgeous Android phone I've seen AND I wouldn't hesitate to go naked with it (except for a screen protector).

jorgeix says:

lol, I like that one, I wouldn't mind to go naked on this one either.

joba78 says:

It isn't indented. I believe it's just a PS shadow. If it is indented, good eye Sir! Overall, nice looking alt-color for EVO LTE!

So is anyone who just picked up a Black EVO 4G LTE returning it for the White version?

joba78 says:

No! But, going to create a OREO EVO instead!

NobleD says:

Glad I waited & didn't jump the gun.. picking it up Sunday. The press release said Exclusive, does that mean only Sprint stores will have it? No Best Buy? etc

ICU812 says:

Looks like Sprint has shown the front of the phone on their Facebook page. Completely white.

neoenigma says:

White One X still looks leaps and bounds better than this. Sigh.

Emmanuel11 says:

I Like it I'm buying it I wanted red in it but hey at least it even amount of color cause the Black one you hardly notice it had red in it

DrizzyGadget says:

This phone is gorgeous, sexy and beautiful all rolled into one. I wonder how the red kickstand would look on this phone. Glad I held off from getting the black one.

mobilista says:

I'm extremely happy with my EVO LTE though that's in spite of it's rather plain looks. This white version is so MUCH more appealing to me and I was bumming out for a few min. until I picked up my phone and realized that the case covers 98% of colored parts of the phone! All I need is a thin white case, LOL!

I usually don't use cases for my phones but the EVO LTE really cried out for one for two reasons:

- It's very slippery and requires a lot of care to avoid dropping it.

- The camera button and the volume buttons protrude just enough to make it far too easy to accidentally press them when I pick it up.

BTW, I'm using a Platinum case, which solves both of those issues. I wouldn't mind if it was a bit thinner but it's really not bulky at all. FYI: I don't use it, but the holster that comes with this case has a major design flaw: one of the holster clips is right above the power button and will frequently press the button and recycle the phone or worse.