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

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).