Mobile and Wireless: HTC Evo 4G LTE Smartphone Muscles Its Way Onto Sprint's Network
Sprint plans to roll out a brand-new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network later this year that replaces its original "4G" WiMax network that it developed with Clearwire. In order to make an impact, Sprint needs smartphones designed for LTE wireless technology. Enter HTC and the revamped Evo 4G LTE, a $199, Android-based device that offers a number of interesting features, including a 4.7-inch LCD display, a snazzy, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and an 8-megapixel camera. Later this year, Sprint also plans to offer what its calls HD Voice, a cutting-edge voice technology that reduces background noise, with the Evo 4G LTE. Both Sprint and HTC are desperate for a flagship smartphone to compete against both Apple's iPhone and various other devices, such as Samsung's Galaxy line. When HTC released the first Evo, the company positioned it as an "iPhone killer," but the device never caught on in the same way. Will this be time different? By jumping ahead of Apple to get on the 4G bandwagon first, Sprint and HTC are hoping so.