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Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE arrives May 18 for $199

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Sprint will launch the HTC EVO 4G LTE handset on May 18 for $199 with contract, adding another 4G smartphone that will only run on Sprint’s(s s) 3G network for now. The carrier is preparing a major transition from WiMAX to LTE and expects to launch its first LTE markets by mid-year. The new EVO 4G is a member of HTC’s One series of handsets: A single line of well-designed, powerful Android(s goog) smartphones with slight differences for each carrier.

Based on my look at the HTC One S and One X, which the EVO 4G LTE is similar to, Sprint’s new handset should be a hot seller, even without an LTE network on day one. Here’s a rundown of the basic features and functions:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm(s qcom) Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording; 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 2000 mAh embedded battery
  • Beats Audio support
  • 1 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage
  • Dimensions of 5.31″ x 2.72″ x 0.35″; weight of 4.73 ounces; integrated kickstand

Sprint has already said its first LTE launch cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio, so if you live in one of those areas and are about to buy a new phone, the Sprint EVO 4G LTE is worth considering. To get an idea in advance as to why, check out my full review of the HTC One S for T-Mobile — a slightly smaller phone — or my impressions of the HTC One X for AT&T(s t).

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