Sprint has officially confirmed availability of the HTC EVO 4G LTE in white, saying the device will be released on July 15 and sell for $199.99. We first reported on this rumor back in June, when leaked images of an internal device listing surfaced from the depths of Sprint.
Unlike the white versions of the original EVO 4G or the EVO 3D, it does not appear that any third-party retailers will have exclusive access to the device; rather, it appears to be quite the opposite: Sprint says that its own sales channels will carry the white EVO 4G LTE, including telesales and online.
Now that it’s official, only one question remains: are you picking one up for yourself?
Sprint’s full press release appears below.
Sprint Debuts HTC EVO 4G LTE in White on July 15 for $199.99
New color gives Sprint customers another reason to love this multimedia powerhouse
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 12, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, are giving customers another reason to love the smartphone lauded by respected reviewers with the addition of HTC EVO™ 4G LTE in white. The stunning white smartphone is framed by its aluminum unibody and sports a matching silver kickstand and aluminized back plate for a sleek and refined look.
HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available in white beginning Sunday, July 15, exclusively in all Sprint-owned sales channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), for $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). HTC EVO 4G LTE launched in May and is currently available in an anodized black finish in all sales channels.
“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets a new standard for smartphones and boasts Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC Sense® 4, a blazing-fast processor, 4.7-inch HD display for a rich multimedia experience and the ability to have HD Voice capabilities in the future,” said Fared Adib, vice president–Product Development, Sprint. “Pairing the HTC EVO innovation with Sprint’s Everything Data Plans for a truly unlimited data experience gives customers a powerful combination.”
Martin Fichter, vice president-Product Management, HTC America, said, “HTC’s amazing camera and authentic sound experience bring the HTC EVO 4G LTE to life as a true successor to the original HTC EVO, one of the most successful Android franchises in the United States.”
Cutting-edge function and style
HTC EVO 4G LTE, exclusively from Sprint, is a multimedia powerhouse designed to deliver a high-definition experience at 4G LTE speeds. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.
HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting of up to 99 images, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. It also contains HTC’s authentic sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology is enabled across multiple facets of the phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTube™ video, or playing the latest hot game.
HTC EVO 4G LTE is loaded with industry-leading features, including the latest version of HTC Sense, a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, Snapdragon™ S4 Processor by Qualcomm® with Dual-core CPUs and an advanced 8-megapixel camera. It also brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design. HTC EVO 4G LTE is the first HD voice-capable phone announced by any U.S. wireless carrier, and, when available, will make mobile voice quality crystal clear while nearly eliminating background noise.2
HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.
Respected technology media agree Sprint has done it again with HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few accolades from early reviews:
- “Powerful parts, lovely screen, stunning design, and an excellent camera help the EVO 4G LTE re-stoke the fires of the EVO faithful.” – CNET
- “It’s clear that the EVO 4G LTE camera delivers.” – Engadget
- “The EVO 4G LTE feels remarkable in the hand and the design stands out from the crowd of me-too full-slate smartphones.” – IntoMobile
- “The first thing that struck us is how thin the phone is at 0.35″. This is the most svelte EVO yet, and it weighs 4.73 ounces.” – MobileTechReview
- “All were contenders, but the HTC EVO 4G LTE gets our nod for best phone for its integration of HD Voice, a new technology being rolled out on Sprint’s network that enhances call quality by enriching voice tones and reducing background noise.” – Techlicious
HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM include unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web3(excludes taxes and surcharges).
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.
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1Everything Data Plan with no data overages or throttling.
2HD Voice Capability: Requires a call between two HD Voice capable handsets on an HD Voice capable Sprint network. Sprint plans on deploying HD Voice networks in the future as part of its Network Vision upgrades.
3Additional pricing options are available for Verizon.
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