Sprint will launch the HTC Evo 4G LTE on May 18 for $200, and all indications are it's the kind of device the carrier can use more of.
The Evo 4G LTE is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera. The device is the latest in Sprint's successful line of Evo phones. The carrier has seen great success with the iPhone, so why does Sprint need more phones like the Evo 4G LTE?
1. The Promise of LTE
Technically, the name of the Evo 4G is a bit deceiving. Sprint hasn't launched its LTE network yet, so the device will be running on 3G out of the box. But when the nation's third-place carrier does go live with LTE later this year, devices like the Evo 4G are the ones users will want to have in their hands.
Verizon and AT&T are way ahead of Sprint when it comes to LTE rollout and devices, but handsets like the Evo 4G make sure the second the carrier's network is up to speed, Sprint's users will be also.
2. Great Specs, Good Price
At $200 with a two-year contract, the Evo 4G isn't the cheapest smartphone customers can get at Sprint, but it's one of the best values. The Snapdragon S4 processor is powerful enough to perform nearly all tasks even the most demanding smarpthone users will put it though and the 4.7-inch display provides a really media friendly experience. Did we mention the LTE capability?
3. Great Camera, Great Battery Life
Two of the things customers care most about when shopping for smartphones is the camera's quality how long the device will run before it needs another charge. The Evo 4G delivers on both fronts.
The device's lens captures sharp pictures, whether the target is far away or up close. Critics have also given HTC's new camera software rave reviews, with features like Continuous Shooting and a HDR function for taking photos in areas with harsh light.
Meanwhile, the 2000 mAh battery is above industry standards and the processor is designed to preserve as much juice as possible.
4. The Latest and Greatest
The Evo 4G is part of HTC's One line revamp of its smartphones. It comes with the new HTC sense and runs on the latest version of the Android operating system, making it one of the most up-to-date devices on Sprint's network.
5. It's Not the IPhone
The iPhone has done great things for Sprint since the carrier started offering the device last October. However, that's not an excuse for Sprint to shortchange the rest of its smartphone catalog. Many customers who are not fans of the iPhone want to buy a top-of-the-line device and the Evo 4G is just that.
Devices like the Evo 4G help make Sprint's catalog of phones eclectic and balanced. The promise of LTE support, coupled with its top-tier specs and other great features, make it a good alternative to the iPhone, and Sprint needs more of those.