HTC EVO 4G LTE now available from Sprint

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Jun 022012
 

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTEWith shipments delays behind it, Sprint today launched HTC EVO 4G LTE, a “revved up version of the original,” on its site and most retail locations. It missed its original launch window because U.S. Customs delays over an Apple patent infringement ruling by the ITC.

HTC EVO 4G LTE specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) super LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP with 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Battery: 2000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 134.6 x 68.6 x 8.9 millimeters / 133 grams
  • Other: Kickstand, Android Beam, HD voice-capable, Beats Audio

Sprint is offering the HTC EVO 4G LTE for US$199.99 with a two-year contract.

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HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE clear U.S. Customs in ITC compliance

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May 292012
 

HTCHTC today issued a brief statement to indicate that its HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE are now shipping again after U.S. Customs determined that they complied with the ITC’s ruling over the ‘647 patent owned by Apple.

HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling. Future shipments should continue to enter the US and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.

U.S. Customs began to delay shipments of the two devices earlier this month to conduct an investigation to determine if they complied with the ruling. A partial release came last week but this allows HTC to resume all shipments. The hold forced Sprint to delay the launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE while AT&T found itself running out of the HTC One X.

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U.S. Customs begins releasing HTC smartphones

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May 212012
 

HTC EVO 4G LTEOnly days after its imports began being held up by U.S. Customs, HTC yesterday announced that imports of some of its smartphones have resumed. A brief statement indicated that the company was not sure of the status of each device being held up but that some are once again entering the U.S.:

Each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customs and will be released once Customs officials have completed the inspection. Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers. We don’t have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. We remain confident that this issue will be resolved soon.

The news was followed by Sprint announcing that the HTC EVO 4G LTE would begin shipping “for arrival on or around Thursday, May 24” to those who had pre-ordered it on its website. The national launch details are still not confirmed. It will provide further updates “as additional details are available.” It had originally planned to launch the HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 18th.

HTC developed a workaround after it was found by the U.S ITC to infringe on an Apple-owned patent. It looks like the workaround has been validated with the result that the ban is now being lifted.

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HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE imports delayed by U.S. Customs

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May 162012
 

HTCThe launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE will likely occur later than HTC and Sprint had planned as the smartphone is facing import delays imposed by U.S. Customs. The HTC One X is facing similar delays and will likely become difficult to find at AT&T stores. The holds are due to an unresolved patent infringement issue with Apple. HTC confirmed the delays in a short statement:

The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.

In December, the ITC ruled in favour of Apple for one patent infringement and imposed an importation ban on some of HTC’s devices. The ban took take effect on April 19th. At the time, HTC described the ‘647 patent as “a small UI experience” and planned to remove it from all phones.

It is likely that HTC will try to stay the ban as part of an appeal. For now, it remains unclear if and when U.S. Customs will allow imports of these devices to resume.

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Sprint announces HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Apr 042012
 

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTEAs widely expected, Sprint and HTC tonight unveiled “the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO family”: The HTC EVO 4G LTE. It will be Sprint’s first HD Voice-capable smartphone and makes Sprint the first carrier to announce plans for a U.S. HD Voice network to be deployed starting in late 2012.

“Sprint has a long history of leading the wireless industry in innovation, and the debut of HTC EVO 4G LTE marks another chapter in that innovation story,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Once again, we are partnering with HTC to deliver the benchmark Android device for the year with the next generation of our award-winning EVO brand. We know our customers will appreciate the focus on audio and voice quality with EVO 4G LTE, including the addition of Beats Audio and HD Voice capability.”

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTEHTC EVO 4G LTE specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) super LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with f/2.0 lens and LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP with 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Battery: 2000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 134.6 x 68.6 x 8.9 millimeters / 133 grams
  • Other: Kickstand, Android Beam, HD voice-capable, Beats Audio

Unlike the HTC One X, its close cousin, it features an aluminum chassis with an anodized black finish and a bright red kickstand.

Sprint will offer the HTC EVO 4G LTE for US$199.99 with a two-year contract. It will be available sometime in Q2 with the specific availability date to be announced later. Sprint will take pre-orders starting on May 7th.

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