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Sprint's new HTC Evo 4G LTEIf you think the legendary HTC Evo 4G couldn't be topped, you'll change your mind once you lay your eyes on the new HTC Evo 4G LTE. This $199 device for Sprint boasts a stunning design, fast performance, promised Sprint LTE data, and yes, a kickstand.
Hi. This is Brian Bennett for cnet.com. And if you are a loyal Sprint Customer or a die hard fan of the original HTC Evo 4G, I've got a real treat for you. This my friends is the all new, HTC Evo 4G LTE. A phone a lot of Android lovers are excited about. Based on HTC's latest flagship smart phone, the One X, the HTC Evo 4G LTE available on Sprint for $199 offers the same cutting edge components but with even more design flare and yes, it has a kickstand. Its light years ahead of the Evos before it and a worthy success or to the Evo franchise. First, let me say that the design of the Evo 4G LTE is stunning. Fashion from anodized aluminum and sporting a black and silver color scheme with flashy red accent. The Evo 4G LTE is a real looker. The phone has a big bright 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 display with 1280 by 720 pixel HD resolution. The screen uses IPS technology too so viewing angles are nice and wide and even with its massive display, the 4G LTE is only 0.35 inch thick, thinner than the HTC One X in fact. Software is state of the art as well with the phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's latest version of it's Sense UI version 4 that feels lighter and faster. Of course, that extra speed is also due to the Evo's 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Above the screen is a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera while below it are 3 Android Ice Cream Sandwich buttons. On the right is a very slim volume bar that can be tricky to locate since it blends in with the black background. There's a dedicated counter button too which look is very sleek with its silver edged spiral pattern. Too bad it doesn't weight the phone up and watch the camera from standby. On the left is the Evo's micro USB port while on the back is the 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. Here, you'll find a revamp Spring loaded kick stand, an iconic Evo feature that can be used with the phone resting either on it's left or right side. Just like the other HTC One series phones including the One X, the Evo features HTC Image Sense. Essentially, that means the device has a special processor just for processing images. Has very swift shot to shot times and comes with a wide selection of C Modes, special settings and filters. My favorite is the continuous shot mode for (Burk?) shots. The camcorder function also captures video in full 1080P HD quality unless you smack fill while recording. The Evo also features Beats audio processing technology and will automatically recognize when you connect Beats printed headphones and launch a matching equalizer audio profile. Unline the HTC One X, the Evo 4G LTE does have a SD card slot for extra storage but the battery isn't removable. The Evo 4G LTE's major Achilles' heel right now though is it remains a 3G smart phone. Though the phone will link to Sprint's 4G LTE network, it's not operational yet. That's a huge detractor from an otherwise stellar device. Hopefully Sprint will flip it's LTE switch soon. I'm Brian Bennett and this has been a first look at the HTC Evo 4G LTE. Be sure to check out our full review at cnet.com.