HTC's EVO 4G LTE from Sprint, which goes on pre-sale May 7.
It’s rare for a new smartphone to incorporate one paradigm-shifting enhancement. Two ground-breaking features is as rare as steak tartare.
But Sprint’s new HTC EVO 4G LTE, which becomes available for pre-order on May 7 for $199.99, includes two potential industry shifting technologies: HD Voice, which practically eliminates background ambient noise calls, and a camera that can shoot both HD video and 5 MP still photos simultaneously.
Perhaps more importantly to Sprint, just as the original EVO was the first-ever 4G phone, the carrier hopes to make the new EVO the centerpiece of its switch-over from its WiMAX 4G network to LTE. Sprint hopes to have its slowly evolving LTE built-out by the end of next year.
It’s grand that Sprint and HTC recognize that people still talk on their phones. The new EVO becomes the first U.S. phone to incorporate the voice-boosting HD Voice technology, which combines dual mics, and sophisticated Qualcomm encoders and decoders both in the phone and on Sprint’s voice network. (more…)