Sprint has just announced the HTC EVO 4G LTE, one of the very first smartphones to support its LTE network and the first LTE device that comes alongwith the EVO brand.

We all know that LTE brings better signal strength, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance. After Verizon and AT&T, Sprint is the latest to join the bandwagon of LTE support providers in the US.

The EVO 4G LTE, in terms of specifications, will go toe-on-toe with the upcoming HTC flagship One X that will be launched on AT&T anytime soon.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE is the successor to the HTC EVO 4G, which was released back in 2010, but this time the Taiwan-based company has not only given a bigger name to the latest phone but has also enlarged its size and improved its performance.

The intent of releasing this phone at a time when everyone was expecting One X, however, is unclear to many. Not long ago, One X was considered the biggest contender to win the best Android smartphone title and now the company has packed in almost similar features in its EVO 4G LTE, which will make competition more intense for the yet unreleased One X. Now it has to fight a battle not only against other smartphones but against its own sibling too.

Here's a comparision between the EVO 4G LTE and One X.

Size: EVO 4G LTE is a surprise package when it comes to its size and weight. This big phone is feather light and its thinness is astonishing. With its 5.3 (height) X 2.7 (width) X 0.35 (depth) and 133 grams weight, the phone cannot be called the thinnest Android phone, but the EVO 4G LTE looks svelte and elegant.

HTC One X, when compared, sports a bold and simple physical styling. The phone comes with a dimension of 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.30 mm and weighs 119.5 grams. But the size specification clearly says that the One X is the latest entry in the breed of today's super-slim Android handsets.

Display: HTC has used the same 4.7-inch HD Super LCD 2 screen for both the EVO 4G LTE and One X. The screen is one of the most gorgeous that one can find in the market. Its 1280×720 pixel resolution makes onscreen images look bright and sharp.

Processor: The latest EVO sports the same Snapdragon S4 chipset with two CPU cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. There is a gig of RAM on board and 16GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via a microSD card slot.

On the other hand, One X comes in two variants. While AT&T will offer a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, the international model will come with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU. The international version embeds 32GB of internal memory but the AT&T HTC One X comes with only 16GB internal memory, 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 225 graphics processing unit.

Operating System: The HTC phones come with Android's latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS and sport a sleek HTC Sense 4.0 user interface.

Camera: Both the HTC smartphones have an 8 megapixel snapper and new image chip, f2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and backside-illuminated sensor.

Also, the company has provided the upgraded Sense 4.0 in the camera, which now lets the user tweak manually and capture up to 99 continuous pictures by holding down the shutter. The phones sport a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front for video calling. Both the cameras in both phones record HD videos in 1080p and 720p, respectively.

Camera Features: Both smartphones sport almost similar camera features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization.

3G/4G: One X will support HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and AT&T's blazing fast 4G LTE. We have not received any confirmed news on the speed for EVO 4G LTE. as of now.

WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: Both the phones have Bluetooth 3.0 version with A2DP and microUSB 2.0 version and the Note has an additional feature USB On-the-Go. Also both the phones have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Battery: One X comes with a standard Li-ion 1800 mAh battery that is already facing criticism from the reviewers. But improvement in the battery life is on the cards once the company brings the software update. However, before we could wait longer for the battery improvement of One X battery, the Taiwanese company has already packed in a beefier battery of 2000 mAh with the WVO 4G LTE model.

Pricing: While the US price for the HTC phone has still not been revealed, it is expected to come with a tag of anything between $250 and $300 with a two-year agreement on AT&T. The EVO 4G LTE will hit the market with a price tag of $199.99.

Features That Remain Same

  • 4.7-inch HD Super LCD 2 screen
  • 8MP camera
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • HTC Sense 4.0 UI
  • Beats Audio
  • NFC chip to add Google Wallet
  • HDMI MediaLink to stream video/audio to TV

Factors That Make EVO 4G LTE Better

  • Shift from One X's plastic body to anodized aluminum
  • The awesome kickstand is again packed by the company with its latest Evo and it works at three different angles. A delight for all!
  • A dedicated camera button which opens the camera app even when the phone is locked
  • An improved battery of 2000 mAh from the 1800 mAh of One X
  • Dual microphones with Sprint's HD Voice feature
  • A Micro SD card slot that will expand storage capacity by another 32GB, which is missing in most of the versions of the One X

Editor's Pick: Do we really need to say more to praise Sprint's latest EVO 4G LTE!! All we can say is that the HTC has gifted us a great smartphone that may well become a big hit in the Android market. The phone will hit shelves in Q2 of this year. Pre-orders begin on May 7.