HTC EVO 4G LTE Approved by FCC, Pre-Orders Start in May

The smartphone will be available for $199.99 on contract

HTC EVO 4G LTE was officially unveiled by Sprint last week. Although the carrier confirmed customers would be able to pre-order the device beginning May 7, it did not provide an exact release date.

According to Sprint, the EVO 4G LTE will hit shelves in Q2 for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, while the availability date will be announced closer to launch.

The guys over at Engadget have just spotted the smartphone at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) on its way to Sprint’s airwaves.

Even though the HTC EVO 4G LTE received FCC’s approval so early, customers will still have to wait for almost a month until the carrier kicks off pre-orders and probably more until the smartphone hits shelves.

Also known as HTC One XL, the EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s new Android flagship smartphone in the EVO family. The handset will be shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform integrated with HTC Sense 4.0 user interface.

Unlike the HTC One X that comes with a quad-core CPU, the EVO 4G LTE is equipped only with a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, which is complemented by an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, the EVO 4G LTE does not come with microSD card slot for memory expansion, but offers users no less than 16GB of internal memory, along with 50GB of free cloud storage.

On the back, the smartphone boasts an enhanced 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. Rumor has it that the new HTC One devices have some of the best cameras on the market due to the new ImageSense technology.

Obviously, there’s no point on putting the HTC EVO 4G LTE against Nokia 808 PureView’s 41-megapixel camera, but the former’s photo snapper could be ranked among the best nevertheless.

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